On the surface, the re-signing of cornerback Terence Newman is the routine signing of an aging veteran defensive back past his prime. Newman doesn’t seem to be a focal point in the Bengals’ run at an unprecedented third-straight playoff appearance. That’s because he isn’t. Newman will turn 35 in the early part of the 2013 season, and is coming off a serviceable 2012 campaign highlighted by 2 interceptions against Peyton Manning’s Denver Broncos. At some point this year, Newman will give way to the youth and talent of 2012 first-rounder Dre Kirkpatrick. He will add depth and experience to an already formidable defensive backfield, but that’s about it. Cincinnati didn’t just land Revis, I know that.
So why am I so excited?
Carl Pickens, Takeo Spikes, Corey Dillon, and most recently Chad and Carson. I don’t need to remind Bengals fans of the long list of former Bengals who wanted out of Cincinnati with the hopes of playing for a contender. Some took less money, and some took the first path away from the Queen City. They all had something in common though; they wanted out no matter what.