A year after gambling on aging cornerbacks and getting burned, the Raiders will host 34-year-old Terence Newman on 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. He had spent the previous nine years with the Dallas Cowboys, who drafted him in the first round in 2003.
Last season, the Raiders signed 30-year-old cornerbacks Ron Bartell and Shawntae Spencer in free agency. That pair opened the season as starters, but Bartell had his season derailed by a broken scapula and Spencer was sidelined by a foot sprain. Bartell was released late last season and Spencer is a free agent, as is 2012 nickel back Joselio
Cornerbacks currently on the Oakland roster include Phillip Adams, Coye Francies, Brandian Ross and converted running back Taiwan Jones.
Cornerbacks have been slow to move on the free agent market, which could benefit a team like the budget-conscious Raiders. Among cornerbacks who have yet to strike a deal, there is 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 on Thursday.
Newman, who turns 35 on Sept. 4, had two interceptions and 10 passes defensed for the Bengals last
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 -- Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley.