A few days ago, cornerback Terence Newman called out his agent via Twitter, writing, “If anyone sees Ben Dogra of CAA, tell him I'd like him to get my deal finalized so if he could call me it would be appreciated.”
Well, if Newman is going to pick a fight so publicly with the man he hired to represent him, I guess it makes sense for him to scoop the entire NFL world with where he's going to play next season. Which is why, I suppose, Newman tweeted this late Friday night:
After much time and thought, I'm heading back to Cincy. And for those of you who think it was about money, the Raiders offered more.— terence newman (@terencenewman) March 30, 2013
Newman went on to write, “I came in with [Bengals defensive coordinator] Mike Zimmer and feel its (sic) only right that I leave as him coaching me. Thanks to Raiders Nation for showing me such love.”
I guess this means that Newman, who will turn 35 years old in September and will enter his 11th season in the league, plans on retiring with the Bengals (the only other team for which Newman has played was with the Cowboys, where Zimmer previously was the defensive coordinator). According to the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the deal is worth $5 million over two years.
Newman was cut by Dallas in May 2012, but he hooked on with Cincinnati, and he recorded 75 tackles, only four off his career high, and two interceptions last season.
Pro Football Focus wasn't so impressed, ranking him 87th according to its metics, but now, Newman will return to the team along with Adam “Pacman” Jones -- who agreed to terms on a three-year contract earlier this month -- and most likely will compete for a backup cornerback spot behind Leon Hall and Dre Kirkpatrick.