The Bengals' main focus this offseason has been to re-sign their own and high on the list are cornerbacks Terence Newman and Adam Jones. Both had solid seasons last year and both add a veteran presence to the team's secondary. Both Jones and Newman aren't necessarily young, but, between the two of them, they have some years left of productive football, especially Jones, who contributes as a punt and kick returner as well.
It's hard to tell how much they'll have to pay Jones and Newman to come back for at least another year, but based on how much some of the other free agent cornerbacks were payed, we can make an educated guess.
Jones was considered the 11th best cornerback in the NFL in 2012, earning a score of 11.1, according to Pro Football Focus, and Newman was the 19th best cornerback with an overall grade of 8.6.
Sean Smith was the ranked as the league's No. 74 corner in 2012 and had a negative grade of -3.1. According to Breer, he signed a three-year, $18 million contract. Derek Cox was ranked as the No. 71 corner by PFF, with a grade of -2.5. He signed a four-year, $20 million contract. Aqib Talib was ranked as the No. 93 corner, earning a grade of -9.3 and he was signed to a one-year deal worth $5 million. Finally, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who signed a one-year deal, also worth $5 million, was ranked as the No. 98 corner with a grade of -7.1.
Both Jones and Newman had better seasons than Smith, Cox, Talib or Rodgers-Cromartie, however, both Jones and Newman are quite a bit older. The oldest of the cornerbacks that have signed is Rodgers-Cromartie, who is 27. Jones is 29 and Newman is 34. That may not sound too terribly old, but in football years, 34 is pretty high up there.
Therefore, I wouldn't expect a deal for either worth $20 million over four years, but I could see a one-year deal for Newman worth $5 or $6 million and maybe a two-year deal for Jones worth $9 or $10 million. Then again, I could be way off.
What do you think Jones and Newman are worth?