IRVING, Texas (AP) -- The Dallas Cowboys have signed running back
Marion Barber and cornerback Terence Newman to long-term
extensions, just in time to beat a deadline that would've changed
how the money is spread over the salary cap.
Barber received a 45-million-dollar, seven-year contract that
includes 16 million in guaranteed bonuses. Newman's deal is a
six-year extension worth more than 50 million.
The urgency to get both deals done stemmed from NFL owners
voting unanimously Tuesday to end their labor agreement with the
players' union in 2011. Deals signed after 3 p.m. Tuesday would've
had to follow different rules.
Since the Cowboys were expected to keep both players, the sense
of urgency helped get the deals done.
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