What the Addition of CB Terence Newman Means to Cincinnati Bengals Draft Plans

Matt GrayContributor IApril 11, 2012

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 04:  Cornerback Terence Newman #41 of the Dallas Cowboys runs out onto the field before the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 4, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Cardinals defeated the Cowboys 19-13 in overtime.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer has reported that the Cincinnati Bengals have agreed to terms with free-agent cornerback Terence Newman.

The former Dallas Cowboys corner has agreed to a one-year deal with the Bengals in a move that has been expected for some time. A two-time Pro bowler and student of Mike Zimmer in Dallas, Newman will be a a good fit in Cincinnati. 

In nine NFL seasons, Newman has amassed 489 tackles, two sacks, 32 interceptions and three touchdowns. He started 14 games in 2011, grabbing 45 solo tackles whilst struggling with injury following a career-year in 2010.

But what does the addition of Newman mean for the Bengals draft plans?  

At the age of 34, Newman is by no means a long-term solution for the Bengals. With a one-year deal, Newman's primary role will be as insurance for Leon Hall as he recovers from a torn Achilles.

Echoing the ideology that guides their defensive line, the Bengals have gone for strength in numbers in their approach to the cornerback position this offseason. Marvin Lewis and Mike Zimmer have done a good job of adding depth to their DBs during free agency, and the short-term deals handed out suggest that they are still very much looking towards the draft. 

The Bengals are expected to take a cornerback in the draft, with the likes of Alabama's Dre Kirkpatrick and South Carolina's Stephon Gilmore cropping up in a number of mock drafts.

The addition of Newman will do little to change the Bengals' plans on draft day. With Nate Clements also north of 30, Cincy need to extend the youth movement to their cornerbacks.

The Bengals are still very much without a cornerback of the future, with only Brandon Ghee and Rico Murray heading up the youth movement. Clements, Newman and Adam Jones will be free agents in 2013, with recent acquisition Jason Allen following in 2014.