The Cowboys announced they released Terence Newman, the team's first round draft pick in 2003.

If you are as BIG of a Dallas Cowboys fan as I am, then you know that last season more then half of what was wrong with the team was the secondary. With that in mind the Cowboys have released their 2-time pro-bowler Terence Newman.

Team owner and general manager Jerry Jones made the decision 8 year's after they drafted Newman in the first round back in 2003 saying he seen a decline in Newman's performance last season, even though Newman tied the team lead with 4 interceptions and 10 pass break-ups.

But his performance was not the only reason that Jones made the decision to release Newman, the Cowboys lost $5 Million in their salary cap which was taken away by the league due to cap penalties. Newman accounted for $8.016 million of the salary cap, and by cutting him the Cowboys have now gained $4-$6 million back that can now be used on free agents. In addition the Cowboys have also released kicker David Buehler.

Buehler, who accounted for $1.63 million for the 2012 salary cap only played 4 games during last season after a groin injury which required surgery kept him sidelined for the majority of the season. After losing his spot to current Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey last season during training camp Jones decided to cut ties with him also.

With free agency starting on Tuesday at 4:00pm the Cowboys are still sticking to the plan and hitting hard  to improve their secondary after last season and are rumored to be looking into free agent and former Kansas City Chief Brandon Carr and free agent and former Tennessee Titan Cortland Finnegan.