According to ESPN, the Cowboys will be hosting free agent cornerback Brandon Carr tonight with the hopes of signing him to a "lucrative contract" (ESPN's words). Sounds like the Cowboys want to replace Newman immediately.
In other news, the Dallas Cowboys have restructured the contracts of Orlando Scandrick and Doug Free. According to the figures given out by ESPN Dallas, the team has now freed up $15.82 million in cap space with these moves and the release earlier today of David Buehler and Terence Newman.
The article also states that the team can get an additional $3.26 million by reworking DeMarcus Ware's contract.
It seems evident that the team, or perhaps more accurately, Jerry and Stephen Jones, have no intention of being hindered by the arbitrary and legally questionable decision to penalize the Cowboys. The signing of Miles Austin to a league-approved contract that somehow violated the sensitive natures of those owners who wished to suppress salaries during the uncapped 2010 NFL season will not stop the Cowboys.
They also are anticipating that the team may squeeze out a little more cap space by working out a multi-year deal with fullback Tony Fiammetta, saving some of the $1.26 million cap hit of his original tender.
All in all, it looks like the Jones family is coming out swinging in free agency. I hope you are all enjoying watching this as much as I am.
UPDATE: 5:15 pm EDT. Tony Fiammetta and Jesse Holley may be cap penalty casualties. According to a report in the Dallas Morning News, the team is not offering either of them a contract at this time. Both may still sign with the Cowboys later, but since they were Exclusive Rights Free Agents, the failure of the team to offer contracts means that both can now shop themselves to other teams.
17:54: Per Adam Caplan: Dallas showing some interest in TE John Carlson from Seattle
18:43: Dallas has reached out to Laurent Robinson's agent, but he is still planning on visiting Jacksonville, per DMN.
Consider this another open thread for the free agency frenzy.