Cam Newton not coming for visit

April, 4, 2011
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The Cowboys will have about 30 prospects at their Valley Ranch complex to visit with team officials as part of their national visits the next two days.

One player who is not coming in is Auburn quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton.

At the National Scouting Combine, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones expressed an interest in Newton and didn't rule out drafting him. Jones did say he is happy with the quarterback position, currently held by starter Tony Romo and backups Jon Kitna and Stephen McGee.

Newton spoke with Cowboys officials at the combine and they attended his Pro Day.

Jones repeated a stance of being interested in Newton at the NFL owners meetings last month in New Orleans. It seems the talk about Newton to the Cowboys was more a smokescreen than anything else.

But it appears with Newton's stock falling one day and rising the next, the Cowboys might be focused on some other players who can fill their areas of need, such as tackle, safety, cornerback and defensive line.

It is possible, if Newton drops to the No. 9 spot, that the Cowboys would trade down with a team. Jones said two teams reached out about a possible trade.

Team officials like Newton's playmaking ability, especially when he gets out of the pocket, but with so many other needs it appears doubtful the Cowboys will select him.
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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