The Dallas Cowboys released underachieving cornerback Terence Newman and erractic kicker David Buehler on Tuesday, the opening day of free agency in the NFL.
Some people will want to give Cowboys owner and GM Jerry Jones credit for cutting the two dead weights. Jones deserves no credit.
Newman and Buehler ended up being a pair of absolutely wasted draft picks.
Newman was never the "shut down" cornerback that he was projected to be when he was the fifth overall pick in the 2003 draft, nor was he a kick returner, as Jones had promised. In his best years, Newman was mediocre, but for most of his nine-year NFL career, Newman has been a human torch, getting burned by receivers and hurdled by tight ends.
He averaged just three interceptions a season despite being targeted almost weekly by quarterbacks. Not only could he not cover adequately, he managed to stay blocked longer than any defensive player you will ever see, showing his reluctance to try to tackle.
The two moves come at least two years later than they should have. Buehler was a disaster as a field goal kicker and was hurt most of last year after being displaced.
It's good the pair of busts are no longer Cowboys, but it should have happened sooner rather than later.
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