Cowboys CB Newman 1 of oldest players on roster

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.”

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