Just beating a deadline that could have changed their salary cap cash, the Cowboys came to terms on Tuesday with two top players on long-term deals; running back Marion Barber and cornerback Terence Newman. Both inked deals that will keep them in Big D through 2014. Reports say that Barber’s deal gives him $45 mil over seven-years with $16 mil in guaranteed money. The deal is worth $21 mil over the first three years.
As for Newman, it’s a six-year extension that is worth more than $50 mil. He had a year left on his original deal. “Marion said he was happy Terence Newman also signed because it would deflect some of the ribbing he’s going to get from his teammates,” Barber’s agent Drew Rosenhaus said. Needless to say that it’s a big deal for the Cowboys to get both these guys signed, as deals that were signed after 3pm today would have to follow different rules since owners voted earlier in the day to end their labor agreement with the players’ union in 2011.
Barber took over as the Cowboys feature back last season, rushing for 975 yards and 10 touchdowns. He averaged 4.8 yards per carry, showing both speed and toughness for a guy 6-foot, 220 pounds. He will again be the feature back this year, and will have a new runnign mate with first-round draft pick Felix Jones from Arkansas.
Newman last season played in 13 games, recording 50 total tackles, four interceptions, and one touchdown. He has a career 16 interceptions in 77 games played.