With the Bengals officially announcing they’ve re-sign cornerback Terence Newman to a 2-year deal today, defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer had this statement on keeping Newman in Cincinnati:
Terence has always had great talent, and he’s become a smarter player every year of his career. He sees things well and he challenges receivers. He’s tough. He takes care of his body and doesn’t miss reps. He’s the kind of guy we want back as we work to keep our defense together.
This comes less than a week after the club officially re-signed Adam Jones, keeping the Bengals’ top-3 cornerbacks together, and Dan Pompei of the National Football Post reports the Bengals chose to keep Jones because they believe he has finally turned the maturity corner:
The Bengals recently re-invested in Pacman Jones because they believe the cornerback, at 29, finally has turned the maturity corner. Pacman has kept out of trouble off the field for a good amount of time, but what has changed in the last year or so, according to Bengals coaches, is he has become a more disciplined player. He has bought into Mike Zimmer’s defensive system. As a result, Jones might had his best season in memory in 2012.
The Bengals’ #1 offseason goal was made clear early: retain the continuity of a team that had made the playoffs in back-to-back seasons for the first time in three decades. So far, they’ve doing just that.