It looked as if the Cincinnati Bengals may have been finished recruiting cornerbacks, but head coach Marvin Lewis told reporters on Tuesday that the team is still pursuing former Cowboys cornerback Terence Newman.
"We'd love to have Terence on our team," Lewis said this morning. Newman was drafted in the first round by Dallas in the 2003 NFL draft when Mike Zimmer was the Cowboys' defensive coordinator.
"As he said, his best years of his career was when he was playing for Mike Zimmer," Lewis continued, adding that Newman was enthusiastic about the prospects of being reunited with his former coach.
Newman's pass defended numbers have dropped in recent years, but his ability to play the ball and get interceptions has not. He's recorded nine of his 32 career picks in the past two seasons, including one he returned 80 yards for a touchdown last season.
The Bengals struggles in creating turnovers last season was a weak spot in an otherwise strong defensive unity. Bringing in Newman could help in that regard. The Bengals are also still concerned about Leon Hall's return from his Achilles' injury. Although his rehab is moving along well, having a number of cornerbacks in camp gives the team some added insurance.
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