We had always assumed that much of Cincinnati's cornerback roster will be dictated based on training camp and preseason performances Alright. So that's kind of how it's always been during throughout the history of the National Football League.
Consider though that the team signed Adam Jones, Terence Newman and Jason Allen as free agents while drafting Dre Kirkpatrick and Shaun Prater, to joined Leon Hall and Brandon Ghee. Players are going to go, and one has to assume that even the players signed during free agency aren't safe.
One player that could be safer than he was the day he signed, based on decent performances during the offseason workouts is Terence Newman. According to Pro Football Weekly, his future with the Bengals could be completely relying on how well he performs during training camp.
The way we hear it, ex-Cowboys CB Terence Newman showed well in the spring for Cincinnati. How Newman fares in training camp will determine whether he makes the Bengals, we’re told, but word is he’s off to a solid start. Newman played under Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer in Dallas for the first four years of the cornerback’s career (2003-06). Newman started 14 games a season ago but struggled at times, and Dallas released him in March.
Now obviously nothing is new here, save for what PFT had heard. But it will be interesting if the decision for the final spot boils down to Newman and say Jason Allen. Newman signed a minimal one-year deal worth $825,000 while Allen signed a two-year contract worth $8.2 million.
Newman, a former fifth-overall draft pick during the 2003 NFL draft, is entering his tenth season and first with a team other than the Cowboys.