The Dallas Cowboys took another step in fortifying there offense and defense for years to come. Runningback Marion Barber III, and Cornerback Terence Newman both signed long-term contracts with the Cowboys. This came on the same day NFL owners unanimously voted to end the current collective bargaining agreement with the players union. Because of this, Jerry Jones was forced to act quickly. All contracts completed after 3 PM Tuesday would have to follow a new set or rules. The new rules would not allow the Cowboys to prorate signing and roster bonuses past five seasons. Instead of settling for this, Jerry acted quickly and signed his two stars to long-term deals totaling $96 Million.
Marion Barber III signed a seven year, $45 million contract which includes a $12 million signing bonus and $16 million guaranteed. Terence Newman signed a six year extention on his current contract with one year remaining, making this a seven year, $51 million contract which includes a $12 million signing bonus and $22 million guaranteed. Now before anyone goes and complains about the length of these contracts, listen up. The contracts being seven years actually works in the Cowboys favor. It allows Jerry Jones to prorate the signing bonus throughout seven years, thus lessening the cap hit on a yearly basis. It's also been reported that the majority of the guaranteed money for both contracts is in the first three years. Meaning, if after three years of play there is a severe drop off in performance, cutting either player would not mean cap suicide. I personally don't think that will be the case with either player, but better safe than sorry. Locking up these two players means the Cowboys can now turn there attention to Demarcus Ware, Terrell Owens, Chris Canty, Ken Hamlin, and Tank Johnson. It should be fun.