Lewis says still looking to add CB Newman and they're hoping to conclude something quickly
It's beginning too look like the Bengals may not be too terribly confident that Leon Hall will be back with the team at 100 percent when the 2012 season starts. In fact, former Bengals defensive lineman John Thornton Tweeted earlier today that he believes Hall won't be back at 100 percent until the 2013 season.
If that's the case, the Bengals will need to add another veteran to play along with Nate Clements and possibly a rookie corner until Hall is healthy enough to get back on the field. With Newman, the 2012 Bengals could have a short-term complete secondary with a possibly first-round pick in the mix to take over one of the two spots when he's ready. If Hall is healthy enough to come back, then that would be great. If not, the Bengals could go without him for the season, if need be, and they would still have a decent secondary.
Then, in 2013, Hall and a first-round pick, if they draft a corner in the first round, would be ready to take over while guys like Newman and Clements would hit free agency and Jason Allen would be the team's third cornerback.
Newman played for the Cowboys for nine years including when Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer was working for the Cowboys. He has made 542 career tackles and picked of 32 passes, including four in 2011. He's a two time Pro Bowler and could be a decent addition to the team on a short term contract while the Bengals wait for Hall to come back.
Watch for a signing in the next few days.