(NEW YORK) — Despite generating interest around the NFL, cornerback Terence Newman has decided to re-sign with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Newman informed everyone on Twitter that he was choosing to return to the Bengals over signing a deal with the Oakland Raiders. According to Newman, he even turned down a more lucrative offer from Oakland, but wound up turning them down. He felt as though he was a better fit in the Bengals’ defense.
The 34-year-old Newman will be entering his 11th season in the NFL.
“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,” Newman said. “I came in with Mike Zimmer and feel its only right that I leave as him coaching me. Thanks to Raiders Nation for showing me such love.”
Newman was the fifth overall pick in the NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. At the time, Zimmer was Dallas’ defensive coordinator. Now he is the defensive coordinator of the Bengals.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN