Cornerback Terence Newman tweeted Friday night that he was returning to Cincinnati, on a deal reportedly worth $5 million over two years -- with $3 million earned during the first year. Newman signed the contract Monday morning, making the signing official following the team's announcement soon after.
"Terence has always had great talent, and he’s become a smarter player every year of his career," said Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer. "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."
Newman is entering his 11th season in the NFL with his first nine spent in Dallas, who selected him in the first round of the 2003 NFL draft. The rest of the team's press release:
Newman led the Bengals last season in passes defensed (14). He was fifth on the team and second among defensive backs in tackles (75), and his two interceptions raised his career total to 34. He played and started 15 games, and for his 10 completed NFL seasons, he has averaged 14.8 games and 14.6 starts. He also has played and started six postseason games, including last year’s Wild Card playoff for the Bengals.
The Bengals finished seventh in the NFL last season in fewest yards allowed and eighth in fewest points allowed, and Newman is the sixth defensive player who had been eligible for free agency to re-sign for ’13. Re-signing previously were DE Robert Geathers, DE Wallace Gilberry, CB Adam Jones, LB Rey Maualuga and DE Michael Johnson. (Johnson was designated as the club’s franchise player and has signed a one-year tender offer, with negotiation of a longer deal still an option.)
The six re-signed defensive players contributed an average of 15.5 games played and 11.2 starts to last year’s effort.
Cincinnati has also re-signed six players from offense or special teams who had been eligible for unrestricted free agency. They are LS Clark Harris, P Kevin Huber, K Mike Nugent, TE Richard Quinn, OT Dennis Roland and WR Brandon Tate.
The Bengals have signed one UFA from another club, QB Josh Johnson (last with Cleveland).