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The Cowboys got Newman with the fifth overall pick in 2003. That was the same draft they got tight end Jason Witten and linebacker Bradie James as part of a rookie class that included undrafted free agent quarterback Tony Romo, who is the oldest of that trio after turning 30 in April.

Newman’s birthday is Sept. 4, a day before offensive lineman Leonard Davis turns 32 and eight days before the season opener at Washington. Kitna, who didn’t take a snap as Romo’s backup last season, will be 38 next month and Brooking will turn 35 during his 13th NFL season.

Newman is signed through 2014 after a six-year contract extension following his first Pro Bowl season. Having all the young guys around now could mean a few less repetitions during the NFL’s longest training camp this summer, which is fine with him.

“This is my eighth year, it’s not like I don’t understand what ‘Cover 4’ or whatever coverage we have, what I’m supposed to do,” Newman said. “It’s good for me. … I’m the old man of the group.”