Speaking at the owners meetings, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said that the team is working toward signing Terence Newman. Newman was released by the Cowboys earlier this offseason after a mediocre 2011 season, but Lewis and the Bengals think a reunion with defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer might get him back on track.
“We would love to still add Terence to our football team,” Lewis said, via Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “As he said his best years of his career was when he was playing for Mike Zimmer. So he is excited about that opportunity too. Hopefully we will get something concluded here fairly quickly.”
Newman’s ability to bounce back likely isn’t the only thing driving the Bengals’ interest. Leon Hall’s status for 2012 is still up in the air thanks to a ruptured Achilles tendon, leaving the team in need of another option opposite Nate Clements. Neither Newman nor Allen nor Jones gives them the same kind of play that they would get from Hall, but they would at least give the team some options if Hall isn’t able to answer the bell.