Veteran cornerback Terence Newman will be visiting with the New England Patriots.
After Terence Newman finished his 12th NFL season and third with the Cincinnati Bengals, the 36-year old cornerback wasn’t sure if he would come back for a 13th season. However, after visiting with the Minnesota Vikings on Monday and now having plans to visit with the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots, it looks like the veteran is looking to play at least one more season.
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According the NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport via NBC Sports Pro Football Talk, the New England Patriots plan to host veteran cornerback Terence Newman for a visit.
The Patriots have seen both their starting cornerbacks in Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner leave via free agency and have left a huge hole in their secondary. They’ve already signed Chimdi Chekwa from the Oakland Raiders to help fill the hole, but that certainly won’t be enough. Now, they’ve turned their attention to Newman. There’s no doubt Newman is not the Pro-Bowl cornerback he once was with the Dallas Cowboys, but he can still be valuable player in terms of depth and also with the leadership he would bring to the team.
The Patriots most likely won’t use Newman in a featured role, as he hasn’t been able to play a full 16 game season since 2010 with the Cowboys. However, he has played at least 13 games in a season since then, so he’s not exactly an injury liability either. Newman will most likely be used in more of a supporting role with the Patriots, rather than be the centerpiece of the secondary.
In 13 games last season with the Bengals, Newman had 75 tackles (51 solo), 15 passes defensed and one interception. He’s shown that he can still be an effective player, but the Patriots will have be smart in regards to his playing time to make sure he stays healthy and fresh for the entire season.
H/T NBC Sports Pro Football Talk, Ian Rapoport
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