That's the lasting stage while the Oakland Raiders and Cincinnati Bengals wait on cornerback Terence Newman, who is still deciding which team he'll sign with.
Keep waiting, tweets Newman Friday afternoon.
Sorry to say that I have yet to come up with a decision.Too important to put a time frame on but it will be done soon.Salute to all fans— terence newman (@terencenewman) March 22, 2013
Fellow cornerback Adam Jones, who reportedly agreed to terms on a three-year deal with Cincinnati on Thursday, is confident that Newman returns based on a phone conversation both had earlier this week.
We get the feeling that ultimately the indecision is coming down to two things. Newman is being offered a multi-year contract with perhaps more money, whereas Cincinnati has familiarity with teammates, the coaching staff (especially defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer) and a greater opportunity for a championship, which Newman covets.
Though the Bengals prioritized Newman during free agency, there's a feeling that with Dre Kirkpatrick looking to make his contributions (after what amounts to a red shirt rookie season) and Jones returning, Cincinnati's urgency with Newman may have lessened -- another factor which could be weighing against Newman.