While everyone was busy watching March Madness, the Cincinnati Bengals were working out a deal to bring back one of their best defensive backs as they re-signed cornerback Terence Newman:
After much time and thought, I’m heading back to Cincy.And for those of you who think it was about money, the Raiders offered more.
— terence newman (@terencenewman) March 30, 2013
Terrence Newman’s agreement in principle with #Bengals: 2 years for $5M. Newman gets $3M in the first year. He’ll sign in next few days
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 30, 2013
He picked re-upping with Cincinnati over a more lucrative deal with the Oakland Raiders This is a big signing, as Newman played a critical role in helping the Bengals have one of the league’s best defenses, and he’ll likely enter the 2013 season starting alongside Leon Hall.
A veteran of 148 games and 146 starts, Newman had a solid season for the Bengals last season after he’d spent the previous nine years with the Dallas Cowboys, who drafted him in the first-round in 2003. Last season, Newman notched 75 tackles and intercepted two passes in 15 starts for Cincinnati, while Pro Football Focus graded him as the #19 player at his position.