By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Thursday, March 14th, 2013 at 10:35 am in Oakland Raiders.
A year after gambling on aging cornerbacks and getting burned, the Raiders will host 34-year-old Terence Newman Thursday, according to a CSN-Bay Area report.
A veteran of 148 games and 146 starts, Newman had a solid season for the Cincinnati Bengals last season after playing nine years with the Dallas Cowboys following his selection in the first round of the 2003 NFL draft.
Last season, the Raiders signed 30-year-old cornerbacks Ron Bartell and Shawntae Spencer in free agency. They opened the season as starters, with Bartell having his season derailed by a broken scapula and Spencer with a foot sprain.
Cornerbacks have been slow to move on the free agent market, which could benefit a team like the budget-conscious Raiders. Among those who have yet to strike a deal include Cary Williams of the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens, Keenan Lewis of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sean Smith of the Miami Dolphins and Aqib Talib of the New England Patriots.
Former Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, released by the Philadelphia Eagles, is reportedly visiting the 49ers Thursday.
Bartell was released late last season and Spencer is a free agent, as is 2012 nickel back Joselio Hanson.
Cornerbacks currently on the roster include Phillip Adams, Coye Francies, Brandian Ross and converted running back Taiwan Jones.
Newman, who turns 35 on Sept. 4, had two interceptions and 10 passes defensed for the Bengals last season. His 75 tackles were the most since his rookie season with Dallas in 2003.
ESPN reported that defensive tackle Corey Williams, 32, was also visiting Oakland. Williams, who played for Detroit last season, was a sixth-round draft pick by Green Bay in 2004 when Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie was in the personnel department.
Williams (6-foot-4, 320 pounds) made $4.9 million with the Lions last season but was deemed expendable because of the presence of a pair of first-round draft picks at the position _ NdamukongSuh and Nick Fairly.