Contrary to those reports, a league source with knowledge of the negotiations
told Scout.com that both sides have made solid progress of late and a
deal could be struck soon.
The 29-year old (he turns 30 in September) former Kansas St. University
defensive back is scheduled to make $1.416 million in 2008. It's believed the
final season of Newman's seven-year rookie deal, which he signed in 2003, was
voided due to him meeting certain playing time levels (generally playing a
certain number of the defensive snaps in one or a few seasons). His base salary
for 2009 was $1.69 million.
Dallas spent one of their two first-round pick in April's draft on CB Mike Jenkins. Should Newman get signed to a new deal as expected, veteran CB Anthony Henry could be moved to safety in future seasons once the coaches feel Jenkins
is ready to start or he could be moved to a nickel role. The belief is Jenkins
will handle the nickel role this season.