The Dallas Cowboys did the expected on Tuesday when they released cornerback Terence Newman.
Now the team can begin in earnest the pursuit of free agent cornerback Brandon Carr and Cortland Finnegan.
The move alone saves the Cowboys either $4 million or $6 million, depending on how they designate the roster move. He was scheduled to count $8.016 million against the 2012 salary cap.
The Cowboys also released kicker David Buehler, who lost the starting job to Dan Bailey last season.
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The Cowboys considered parting ways with Newman before last season when they pursued Nnamdi Asomugha in training camp.
When healthy, Newman has been a very good cornerback for the Cowboys, even Pro Bowl worthy in 2009. But his inability to stay healthy and his advancing age is a problem.
He turns 34 in September. He has missed time due to injuries in three of the last five years. Although he played all 16 games in 2010, he played through a painful rib injury for much of that season, and it showed on the field.
The bottom simply fell out in 2011, capped by an embarrassing performance in the season finale against the New York Giants when Newman was jumped over (twice) by tight ends, not to mention getting left in the dust by receiver Victor Cruz on a 74-yard touchdown.
Owner Jerry Jones and vice president Stephen Jones have said they are going to target a veteran cornerback in free agency.
Kansas City's Carr and Tennessee's Finnegan are the top two players on the market.
Carr, 26, is the top get because he is younger and a true outside cornerback with a bigger upside. The Cowboys have a version of Finnegan, who is solid and versatile but not a lockdown performer, in nickelback Orlando Scandrick.
It's been said and proved that when Jerry Jones wants a guy, he will do and spend what it takes to get him. The Cowboys didn't go all in for Asomugha last year and thus didn't get him.
Now it's time to go after Carr or Finnegan so they can begin the process of improving the secondary.
With the Cowboys in salary cap hell right now, it made no sense to keep Buehler on the roster at a price tag of $1.26 million for 2012.
Buehler was originally drafted by Dallas in the fifth round (172nd overall) of the 2009 draft out of the University of Southern California. Buehler was placed on reserve/injured on November 10, 2011 with a groin injury that caused him to miss the majority of the 2011 season, seeing action in only four games.
He played in 36 games for Dallas, where he connected on 24-of-32 field goals with a long of 53 yards and 42-of-44 extra points while adding 19 special teams tackles. As a kickoff specialist, he led the NFL with 29 touchbacks in 2009, establishing a single-season club record, as well. He finished his three years in Dallas with a total of 60 touchbacks, 29 in 2009, 22 in 2010 and nine in 2011.