The Bengals likely won't be bringing Terence Newman back for 2015, but that doesn't mean the veteran corner is ready to hang up the cleats.
According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Newman just wrapped up a visit with the Minnesota Vikings, and now he's slated to visit the New England Patriots. Minnesota makes the most since with Mike Zimmer being there. After all, he revived Newman's career in Cincinnati after he appeared washed up in Dallas.
Question for Newman: Retirement or free agency?
Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Terence Newman will spend the offseason contemplating retirement before committing to anyone in free agency. And if he returned to Cincinnati, it might be more of a mentorship role.
That was unfortunately the case for the second half of last season, and he's probably not going to be anything more than a decent No. 2 or 3 corner in 2015, if a team signs him. The Patriots need two starters after both Brandon Browner and Darrelle Revis departed in free agency this offseason, so maybe they'll offer Newman the most money and playing time.
Newman, who turns 37-years-old this September, is probably not a guy you want as your full-time starter for a 16-game season and into the playoffs. After a strong start in 2014, many believed Newman could still play at a high level.
However, he gave up a handful of big plays down the stretch and was eventually benched against Denver and sat against Pittsburgh with an illness.