A formal announcement by the Cowboys' organization is set for a 5 PM news conference in San Antonio.
The $13 million signing bonus would be a record for a rookie in Valley Ranch and is the largest ever received by a defensive back in the National Footbal League.
Newman, the Cowboys first round draft choice out of Kansas State, is slated to become the true shutdown cornerback the Cowboys have so desperately wanted over the course of the last few years. He is expected to earn $18 million over the course of the first six years of the deal.
Newman started 11 games last season for the Wildcats, totaling 51 total tackles, 14 passes broken up, 3 interceptions, and 2 blocked kicks. He also returned 9 kickoffs for an average of almost 24 yards.
The combination of Newman and second year player Roy Williams in the secondary, gives the Cowboys one of the most talented defensive backfields in the league.
The Dallas Morning News has reported that the Cowboys are close to signing 2nd round pick Al Johnson, and that a deal could be done as early as later today. Jerry Jones and company are expected to sign all of their 2003 draft picks before their first practice of training camp on Saturday.
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