- Todd Archer, ESPN Staff Writer
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SAN ANTONIO -- Don’t look for the Cowboys to enter the Nnamdi Asomugha sweepstakes.
The Cowboys would not be willing to pay Asomugha a big-time deal with Newman scheduled to count $10 million against the salary cap this season. Had the Cowboys decided to cut Newman, they would have saved $8 million against the cap and had more room to sign Asomugha.
The Cowboys' preferences as they enter the free-agent market are to find help at defensive end, safety and offensive line. They accomplished one goal Tuesday when they agreed to a deal with left tackle Doug Free and have had talks with left guard Kyle Kosier.
The safety market might get pricey after San Diego kept Eric Weddle with a five-year, $40 million deal with $19 million guaranteed, however, the Cowboys will attempt to remain as patient as possible. Along the line, the team has had dialogue with Stephen Bowen and Marcus Spears, as well as a handful of free agents from other teams.