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Cowboys sign top draft pick

July 25, 2003 at 5:18 AM   |   Comments

SAN ANTONIO, July 25 (UPI) -- The Dallas Cowboys have come to terms with speedy cornerback Terence Newman of Kansas State, their No. 1 pick in this year's NFL Draft.

On its team's Web site Thursday night, the team said Newman, the fifth overall pick, got a seven-year deal with a team record $13.01 million signing bonus. The Dallas Morning News reported the contract is worth $33.4 million.

"I really don't think the money is something you think about on the field," Newman said. "I put a lot of pressure on myself. I don't think this contract will put more pressure on me. I just wanted to get here on time and show my teammates that I'm in it to win."

Newman, the 2002 Defensive Player of the Year in the Big 12, got the largest ever signing bonus for a defensive back in NFL history.

Last fall, he had 51 tackles, 211 yards on kickoff returns, two blocked kicks, and three interceptions.

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