Cornerback Terence Newman re-signs with Bengals

CINCINNATI - Cornerback Terence Newman announced via Twitter Friday night that he will be back in a Bengals jersey next season.

The free agent is believed to have signed a deal for two years and around $5 million, according to

While he was also being courted by the Oakland Raiders, Newman wrote in a tweet that he wasn't returning to Cincinnati for the money.

"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," he tweeted.

Newman, who will be 35 when the season starts, also made it clear that playing for Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer was a crucial part of his decision-making.

"I came in with Mike Zimmer and feel it's only right that I leave as him coaching me. Thanks to Raiders Nation for showing me such love."

Newman, the fifth player taken in the 2003 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys, broke into the league under Zimmer. After he was cut by Dallas last season, Newman signed with the Bengals to play under the defensive mentor who helped him earn two trips to the Pro Bowl.

It may have been his connection with Zimmer and the cohesiveness of the Bengals' defensive unit that led Newman to make the decision to return to the team. Cincinnati, which ranked sixth in defense and allowed only four touchdown passes during the 2012-2013 season, has worked hard in the offseason to retain most of last year's key contributors.

Right end Michael Johnson, left end Robert Gathers, middle linebacker Rey Maualuga and fellow cornerback are all members of the defense to re-sign with the team over the past three weeks.

Linebacker Manny Lawson was not re-signed by the team. He signed a four-year, deal worth up to $12 million with the Buffalo Bills.

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