Cowboys not in Asomugha sweepstakes

July, 27, 2011
7/27/11
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SAN ANTONIO -- Don’t look for the Cowboys to enter the Nnamdi Asomugha sweepstakes.

When asked if Terence Newman and Mike Jenkins were safe at cornerback for 2011, Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones simply said yes.

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.

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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