One potential, short-term plan could include 36-year-old free agent Terence Newman, formerly of the Cowboys (2003-2011) and Bengals (2012-2014). Newman is scheduled to visit the Patriots Tuesday, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.
Newman has started 174 career games, making him one of the most experienced options available on the market. He was a starter last year in Cincinnati, but the Bengals might be ready to turn things over to their younger stable of cornerbacks.
After the 2014 season, ESPN.com Bengals reporter Coley Harvey wrote, "[Newman] told reporters the day after the Bengals' wild-card round playoff loss at Indianapolis that he would be pondering retirement the next few months. But he added that his body felt fine at the end of the season. It wouldn't be surprising if he came to the conclusion that he still felt he had another season or two left to play. Besides, with Newman, age really is only a number. He doesn't like discussing his advanced football years. He also takes care of himself better than most normal 30-somethings, helping him stay in good enough condition to play."
The 5-foot-10, 197-pound Newman has reportedly visited with the Vikings in free agency as well.