The enduring image of cornerback Terence Newman's nine seasons as a starter in Dallas was getting hurdled by a fullback in a season-ending loss to the New York Giants that kept the Cowboys out of the playoffs.
His release didn't come until two months after the Cowboys finished one of the worst seasons of pass defense in franchise history. It might as well have been that cold night in New Jersey last January.
''I pretty much figured it was coming,'' said Newman, who was dumped to avoid an $8 million hit against the Dallas salary cap.
Nine months later, Newman is having a much better season with the Cincinnati Bengals and gets a chance Sunday to play the team that drafted him fifth overall in 2003. He will also see one of his replacements - rookie Morris Claiborne, who was taken at No. 6, the highest pick for the Cowboys since getting Newman.
''A person can be bitter all they want, but it's not going to change anything,'' Newman said. ...