The Cincinnati Bengals re-signed CB Terence Newman as an unrestricted free agent Monday.
Newman will enter his second season with the team and 11th year in the league in 2013. The 5-10, 192-pound cornerback spent his first nine NFL seasons with the Dallas Cowboys after being drafted in the first round out of Kansas State in 2003.
According to Joe Reedy with the Cincinnati Enquirer, Newman will earn a base salary of $1.5 million this year and $1.9 million during the second year of his two-year deal.
Last season, Newman, 34, registered a team-high 14 passes defensed and finished fifth on the team and second among defensive backs with a total of 75 tackles. His two interceptions also raised his career total to 34.
He appeared in 15 contests (all starts) last year and has averaged 14.8 games and 14.6 starts during his 10-year career. Newman has also played and started six postseason games, including last year’s Wild Card playoff game against the Houston Texans.
“Terence has always had great talent, and he’s become a smarter player every year of his career,” said Bengals’ defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer in a released statement. “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.”
Cincinnati 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 cornerback Adam Jones, linebacker Rey Maualuga and defensive ends Robert Geathers, Wallace Gilberry and Michael Johnson, who 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 in long snapper Clark Harris, punter Kevin Huber, kicker Mike Nugent, tight end Richard Quinn, offensive tackle Dennis Roland and wide receiver Brandon Tate.
The Bengals have signed one unrestricted free agent from another club, quarterback Josh Johnson, who was with the Cleveland Browns last season.
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