The Cincinnati Bengals and cornerback Terence Newman have reached an agreement to bring back the veteran on a reported two year deal worth $5 million. At first the terms were not released, but the Cincinnati Enquirer reported the details of the contract soon thereafter.
Many thought Newman would end up with the Oakland Raiders, but as it turns out he chose to stay with the Bengals because of a strong relationship with defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer. Zimmer also coached Newman when he was with the Dallas Cowboys.
Newman took to Twitter to get out some of his thoughts regarding him coming back to the Bengals. In respect to his coach, he tweeted Friday “I came in with Mike Zimmer, and feel it’s only right that I leave as him coaching me. Thanks to raiders Nation for showing me such love.”
Also on Friday, Newman tweeted those that criticized him for thinking he would bolt for the Raiders, “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 me more.”
It seems that Newman is one of the few around the NFL who understands the concept of loyalty.
“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,” Zimmer said in a statement from the team.
The Bengals also re-signed cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones last week on a three year deal, so Cincinnati has one less area to worry about keeping intact going into next season. In a free agency period as crazy as this one has been, a sure thing is something cherished.