For what it’s worth, Newman added that the Raiders offered him more money.
- Ian Rapoport reports that Newman receives a two-year deal worth $5 million. He’ll receive $3 million in year one and is expected to sign the deal in the next few days.
Newman recently threw his agent under the bus after he tweeted that he hadn’t heard from him in days. You’ll see the tweet below.
He had a surprisingly decent season for the Bengals last year and joins of a number of free agents who have already re-signed with Cincinnati.
Cincinnati has maintained that they would like retain both players, which is in line with their overall approach to the offseason.
Smith, 26, is clearly one of the best remaining player on the open market and appears to have been waiting for other tackles like Jake Long and Sebastian Vollmer to reach agreements before pursuing an extension with the Bengals.
Newman previously mentioned that he was hoping to make a decision between returning to Cincinnati or joining the Raiders, but there has apparently been an issue with his agent.
If anyone sees Ben Dogra of CAA, tell him I’d like him to get my deal finalized so if he could call me it would be appreciated.
— terence newman (@terencenewman) March 24, 2013
We have Smith listed as the No. 2 player in our recently updated Top 50 Free Agents list