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Bengals sign Terence Newman

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The Cincinnati Bengals are saying hello to Terence Newman.

Newman, a free agent cornerback who was released by the Cowboys this year, has signed with the Bengals, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The Cowboys took Newman with the fifth overall pick in the 2003 NFL draft, and he’s been a starter for them ever since. But Newman struggled in 2011, and the Cowboys decided they needed to upgrade at the position by signing free agent cornerback Brandon Carr.

Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis, however, has said he thinks Newman is a great fit for Cincinnati, and Newman was at his best in Dallas when playing for Mike Zimmer, now the Bengals’ defensive coordinator.

Cornerback has been a high priority for the Bengals, who are unsure when Leon Hall will be ready to return from a ruptured Achilles tendon. Cincinnati also signed Jason Allen and brought back Pacman Jones. Now Newman is in the mix as well.

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  1. hendawg21 says: Apr 11, 2012 11:54 AM

    Boy they sure do love ex-cowboys…

  2. daysend564 says: Apr 11, 2012 11:55 AM

    Not sure how he fits on that team. He’s a good guy and has never been arrested.

  3. myspaceyourface says: Apr 11, 2012 11:57 AM

    Welcome to dis-function and Bungle behind bars.

  4. redguy12588 says: Apr 11, 2012 11:59 AM

    How many former first round picks does this team have?

  5. RomosRibs says: Apr 11, 2012 12:01 PM

    Newman is a GREAT FIT for Cincy IF they are looking for a CB who doesnt practice and misses 50% of the regular season, while being a picture of mediocrity.

  6. capitala23 says: Apr 11, 2012 12:01 PM

    Love the ex-cowboys on Defense since most of those players had their best days when Zim was the DC there. Seems like a good and safe move for depth and possible better play under Zim again.

  7. bathroombenlovemachine says: Apr 11, 2012 12:02 PM

    Terence Newman and Pacman can wash each other’s back while taking a shower after practice.

  8. mnlittle says: Apr 11, 2012 12:02 PM

    Newman will get hurt in training camp then again in the second half of the season. He can’t hold up anymore.

  9. 1buckeye76 says: Apr 11, 2012 12:03 PM

    Add in a 1st round draft pick, (most likely) and these fellas are going to have a heck of a battle to make the team this year… should come out of it with a solid roster at the CB position.

  10. ncbengalmike says: Apr 11, 2012 12:04 PM

    Pulled another one off the trash heap I see.

  11. heyguru1969 says: Apr 11, 2012 12:04 PM

    Number 5 overall. At least they didn’t miss out on much, only names like Terrell Suggs, Troy Polamalu, Osi Umenyiora, Nnamdi Asomugha and a cast of thousands. Jerry, Jerry, Jerry. Is it any wonder we now count our playoff victories in decades instead of years? Yeesh.

  12. 1buckeye76 says: Apr 11, 2012 12:05 PM

    hendawg21 says: Apr 11, 2012 11:54 AM

    Boy they sure do love ex-cowboys…
    —————————————-

    it has a lot more to do with Zimmer going after his former players who he trusts and knows how to utilize to their maximum potential.

  13. cincyorangenblack says: Apr 11, 2012 12:05 PM

    depth…hopefully at safety, not CB

  14. ravenator says: Apr 11, 2012 12:06 PM

    Whens the last time a team of cast offs won anything of significance

  15. JCM1217 says: Apr 11, 2012 12:06 PM

    It’s a good, no-risk signing. Gives the team some depth in the secondary and allows you to draft “best available.”

  16. nflsucker says: Apr 11, 2012 12:07 PM

    Every team that will play the Bengals this season appreciates this acquisition.

  17. dagon27 says: Apr 11, 2012 12:09 PM

    @hendawg21

    Ex-Niners too, if I’m not mistaken (Manny Lawson, Nate Clements, Taylor Mays…)

  18. jakek2 says: Apr 11, 2012 12:10 PM

    Awful move. Newman is shot.

  19. joetoronto says: Apr 11, 2012 12:10 PM

    lol, nice signing.

  20. emac40 says: Apr 11, 2012 12:10 PM

    This is shocking! Bengal management continues to sign underperforming/overrated “big-name” ex-Cowboys and they continue to underperform in Cincy. Maybe they were never that good to begin with…or maybe Cincy should sign retreads from teams who actually know how to evaluate talent. Try signing an ex-Steeler or Patriot. If it weren’t for the Bears, Bengals and Dolphins, most ex-Cowboys would be out of the League.

  21. storebrandcookies says: Apr 11, 2012 12:19 PM

    Come on, even Jerry Jones was smart enough to release him!

  22. patspatspatspats says: Apr 11, 2012 12:20 PM

    He is no mccourty

  23. all4patriots says: Apr 11, 2012 12:20 PM

    in my Jerry Seinfeld voice…

    hello, NEWMAN!

  24. vincentbojackson says: Apr 11, 2012 12:21 PM

    Mike Brown loves a bargain. Doesn’t even seem to mind if the guy can’t play anymore.

    Collecting other teams draft busts and aging veterans is typically not a recipe for success.

  25. nflsucker says: Apr 11, 2012 12:22 PM

    I’ve given this some thought.

    Should have signed Randy Newman instead. He’d whiff on covering and tackling about the same, but he can sing.

  26. cincyorangenblack says: Apr 11, 2012 12:26 PM

    redguy12588 says:
    Apr 11, 2012 11:59 AM
    How many former first round picks does this team have?

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    I believe this makes either 13 or 14 former 1st round picks.

  27. joetoronto says: Apr 11, 2012 12:30 PM

    nflsucker says: Apr 11, 2012 12:22 PM

    I’ve given this some thought.

    Should have signed Randy Newman instead. He’d whiff on covering and tackling about the same, but he can sing.
    ***************************************************
    He’s dead now but even then, it wouldn’t be a big difference between him and Terence Newman.

  28. quizguy66 says: Apr 11, 2012 12:32 PM

    Bengals are signing a lot of guys and creating a lot of competition for those spots at a low cost. They are taking people that the coaching staff knows what they are capable of doing. And, unstated so far is thread – they have that benchmark of the past experience to compare them with what they are now. With the number of CBs they have signed, as well as presumably one or two in the draft, there will not be enough spots to go around. The guys that show they have something left and bust their butts will get to keep the spots. This is smart thinking despite all the hatorade being drunk in this thread.

    -QG

  29. sjustinh says: Apr 11, 2012 12:36 PM

    Terence will probably be one of the better back-ups in the league. he will not start. good signing mike. keep it up.

  30. fijabbersman345 says: Apr 11, 2012 12:37 PM

    Subtraction by addition!

  31. mrgdawg says: Apr 11, 2012 12:38 PM

    I allows for depth and makes competition at the position.

  32. abengalfan says: Apr 11, 2012 12:44 PM

    ravenator says:
    Apr 11, 2012 12:06 PM
    Whens the last time a team of cast offs won anything of significance

    Ever watch the Patriots?

  33. rajbais says: Apr 11, 2012 12:44 PM

    Cincy is “Dallas North”!!!

  34. angrycorgi says: Apr 11, 2012 12:48 PM

    Unless Mike Zimmer has a special drug that makes old players healthy and fast again, I’d bet on this being a short relationship.

  35. jerryjonesmustdie83 says: Apr 11, 2012 12:51 PM

    As a Dallas fan let me tell you cincy, Newman will be great! Until he bruises his vagina in week 1 and spends the rest of the year on the injury report and gets burned by Mike Wallace.

  36. hendawg21 says: Apr 11, 2012 12:58 PM

    1buckeye76 says:
    Apr 11, 2012 12:05 PM
    hendawg21 says: Apr 11, 2012 11:54 AM

    Boy they sure do love ex-cowboys…
    —————————————-

    it has a lot more to do with Zimmer going after his former players who he trusts and knows how to utilize to their maximum potential.

    oh please there were better options, I mean come on Pac Man, Newman, Roy Williams…they are grasping at straws…what a sorry organization

  37. cup0pizza says: Apr 11, 2012 1:05 PM

    Dear Bengals fans,

    Sorry about this news.

    Sincerely,
    A Cowboys fan

  38. samoanjungle says: Apr 11, 2012 1:13 PM

    I’m sure he is being brought in as a Nickel corner so prob isn’t going to draw coverage on the Offense’s best WR. I’m sure he can still cover a 3rd WR, RB and a TE so he should fit in nicely.
    Plus, he is going to a better Defense, better pass rush than Dallas so he won’t have to cover as long.

  39. bhindenemylines says: Apr 11, 2012 1:15 PM

    Ben Roethlisberger, Joe Flacco, and whoever the Browns decide to go with this year will all set team records for completions and TDs now that Newman is in their division.

  40. l6ozbud says: Apr 11, 2012 1:21 PM

    Training camp is still over four months away. Did I miss the part where Newman was guaranteed a spot on the 53? No? Ok, so he’ll come to camp and try to make the team just like 7th rounders and undrafted free agents. The Bengals are not a team built on castoffs. They have drafted well in recent years and have a good, young nucleus. They have a few castoffs that are more like reclaimation projects to fill specific roles. That’s smart football when the rest of the team is young. If nothing else, Newman comes in to help mold the CB the Bengals will draft in round one.

  41. slickster35 says: Apr 11, 2012 1:22 PM

    Terence would be the best DB in oakland by a mile, yet their fans are here making fun of him.

    You can’t fix stupid.

  42. rickybobbie says: Apr 11, 2012 1:27 PM

    This is a good signing from the perspective of adding competition at training camp and depth on the roster if he makes the team. The Bengals will use one of their first round picks on either a cornerback or safety. Actually lose nothing for giving the guy a second look.

  43. thefiesty1 says: Apr 11, 2012 1:33 PM

    He was done a couple of years ago. If the Bengals just needed someone to take up space on the field, well they got it.

  44. 1buckeye76 says: Apr 11, 2012 1:35 PM

    hendawg21 says: Apr 11, 2012 12:58 PM

    oh please there were better options, I mean come on Pac Man, Newman, Roy Williams…they are grasping at straws…what a sorry organization

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    pac man – a former top 10 pic, is competing for our nickle spot. Newman a former top 5 pick will now be competing with Jason Allen, Nate Clements, and a Rookie 1st rounder to be our 2nd corner, assuming Leon Hall will be starting as our #1- which he is on schedule to do coming off his injury. Clements and Newman were cut because the admittedly have lost a step, but were heading into the last year of huge deals. Just because they aren’t worth 10 million a year doesn’t mean that they have nothing to offer. I didn’t say “We got Newman! Superbowl baby! I said its another former 1st rounder to compete for a job – never a bad thing. Roy Williams had a good year before being hurt, then we let him go. Call Cincy mediocre if you want too, but they aren’t sorry. get a clue buddy.

  45. johnnyv47 says: Apr 11, 2012 1:44 PM

    So Zimmer brings in all of “his” guys. What happens when he leaves next year for a HC job? All they’re left with are aging vets that the next DC has no use for. All of Zimmer’s aging vets that have been released by the Bengals no longer play. Roy W, Dhani, and now Crocker. These guys went from starting in the NFL to unemployment.. I’m not saying he’s a bad judge of talent, I’m just asking what happens when he leaves?

  46. quizguy66 says: Apr 11, 2012 1:46 PM

    Cowboys fans can only laugh at us if the contract is for 5 years and $19m.

    -QG

  47. localbandhero says: Apr 11, 2012 1:54 PM

    Signing him must have been cheaper than going to a Sporting Goods store to buy a track hurdle.

  48. cwby4evr says: Apr 11, 2012 1:54 PM

    I love Newman the guy but as a player he has lost more than a step. Bengal fans get ready for him to line up 10 to 15 yards off his guy and still trail him into the end zone.

  49. pesh00 says: Apr 11, 2012 2:01 PM

    Apparently Zimmer must have the answer on teaching him better technique to avoid getting burnt all the time and to prevent from getting hurdled by fullbacks and tightends.

  50. buckeyeincali says: Apr 11, 2012 2:11 PM

    UGH! I was hoping they would avoid “Toast”

    now watch Mike Brown use this as an excuse not to draft a high upside corner in the draft………

  51. shawnc16 says: Apr 11, 2012 2:14 PM

    redguy12588 says:
    Apr 11, 2012 11:59 AM

    I believe this makes either 13 or 14 former 1st round picks.

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    I noticed a few people voted thumbs down to this, I was just curious as to why? I mean I can see when people disagrees with someone’s opinion but I don’t understand why someone would voted thumbs down to this statement.

    The Bengals do have 13 former first round picks.
    So when you vote thumbs down are you a Bengals fan? Do you hate the Bengals? I just want to understand the reasoning.

  52. steelpalace302 says: Apr 11, 2012 2:48 PM

    As a Cowboy fan I wanted this guy gone for the last 3 years. He was horrible. Just to give you an idea of what you just signed go look at the last game the Cowboys played against the Giants last year. He flat out quit and was taken out of the game. I dont see him making it out of training camp on your roster. He will be cut. But good luck.

  53. bhindenemylines says: Apr 11, 2012 3:06 PM

    So when you vote thumbs down are you a Bengals fan? Do you hate the Bengals? I just want to understand the reasoning.
    ——————-

    By voting Thumbs Down they are basically saying “You may have 13 former first round picks, but it doesn’t matter. Most of them are over the hill and if you are excited for because of that fact, then you are in for a long season”.

  54. cheers4ablumpkin says: Apr 11, 2012 4:13 PM

    Don’t matter they still pretenders in that division lol

  55. jcg23 says: Apr 11, 2012 4:22 PM

    Newman was a class act his entire career here. He just got to long in the tooth and after his yearly groin pull last year I knew he was gone before he came back. But that last game… pitiful, just plain pitiful.

    Bengals seem to be Cowboys North and the Dolphins seem to be Cowboys South.

  56. rofeo says: Apr 11, 2012 5:35 PM

    Please don’t scare me like that!!!
    Randy Newman is NOT dead!!
    More surprising is that he’s not from Texas either.

  57. hippiedriver2 says: Apr 11, 2012 8:26 PM

    what a terrible mistake this guy was washed up last year

  58. cwitty63 says: Apr 11, 2012 9:56 PM

    The cowboys are fools…the guy plays injured and has an off year so they release him ?
    This will help cincinnati win the afc north along with all the other moves they’ve been making and a abundance of draft picks in two weeks.

  59. shaunypoo says: Apr 12, 2012 12:36 PM

    It is a depth and training camp battle move. If he ends up starting then yes, they are in deep trouble. First he has to make the final 53.

  60. bjtmeyer says: Apr 12, 2012 1:10 PM

    Not to go off the topic of the story, but that AT&T logo on Newman’s jersey looks hideous. I hope the NFL stays classy and leaves advertising off the player’s uniforms in the years to come.

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