Entries in Cornerback (19)


Terence Newman Joins Vikings

NFL via Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) -- Cornerback Terence Newman signed a one-year contract with the Minnesota Vikings.

The deal means the 36-year-old Newman will be reunited with Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer, who was Newman's defensive coordinator for four seasons with the Dallas Cowboys and two with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Newman started 13 games for the Bengals last season, recording 75 tackles, 15 passes defended, and one interception. While that was a down year for the two-time Pro Bowler, Zimmer is still confident he can play.

“That’s the biggest thing. He can still play. He came in the league later. I think he was 25 when he came in,” Zimmer said. “He struggled a little bit in Dallas and then played great in Cincinnati. Last year, he didn’t play quite as good, so seemingly with me, we get things fixed a little bit. I really respect him, and I think he really respects me.”

Newman was selected with the fifth overall pick of the 2003 NFL Draft by Dallas. Since then he's played 12 NFL seasons, nine with Dallas and three with Cincinnati. During that time he's played in 174 games, compiling 744 tackles, 161 passes defended, 37 interceptions, eight forced fumbles, and four defensive touchdowns.

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ESPN: Lions Bring Back CB Rashean Mathis 

Leon Halip/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Detroit Lions have re-signed corner back Rashean Mathis to a two-year contract, according to ESPN.
The 34-year-old Mathis started all 16 games for the Lions last season, recording 54 tackles, nine passes defended, two forced fumbles, and one interception.

The former first-team All-Pro rejoins corner back Darius Slay and safeties James Ihedigbo and Glover Quin in the Lions' secondary.

Mathis helped the Lions become one of the best defenses in the NFL last season. Detroit tied with Kansas City for second in the league in points allowed per game.

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Revis Returns to the Jets 

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After spending the last two seasons with the New England Patriots and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, cornerback Darrelle Revis is returning to the New York Jets, according to ESPN.

ESPN reports Revis receives a five-year, $70 million contract -- $39 million guaranteed. That makes him the highest-paid cornerback in NFL history.

Revis, 29, helped the Patriots win their fourth Super Bowl of this century last season.

The Patriots could have picked up a $20 million option on the four-time All-Pro for the 2015 season but declined. Revis then became a free agent at 4 p.m. Eastern time Tuesday before agreeing to join the Jets.

During Revis' six seasons with the Jets, he made four Pro Bowls. The phrase "Revis Island" was also created referring to his ability to shut down an opposing teams' best receiver.

In 2013, Revis was traded by the Jets to Tampa Bay for first and fourth-round picks. Revis then signed a six-year, $96 million contract with the Bucs. He stayed in Tampa for only one season before joining the Patriots.

Revis played in all 19 games for the Pats last season, recording 53 tackles, 18 passes defended, three interceptions, and one forced fumble.


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Eagles Cut CB Cary Williams

Scott Boehmn/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- Philadelphia Eagles cut cornerback Cary Williams on Tuesday.

The 30-year-old spent the past two seasons with the Eagles, playing in all 33 regular season and playoff games for the team.

Williams had one year left on the three-year contract he signed with the Eagles in 2013. By cutting Williams, Philadelphia clears $6.5 million in cap space.

There's a possibility the Eagles will be without three-quarters of last season's starting secondary: cornerback Bradley Fletcher and safety Nate Allen will become free agents on March 10.

Williams joined the Eagles after a 2012 season in which he won the Super Bowl as a member of the Baltimore Ravens. During his two seasons in Philadelphia, Williams had 139 tackles, 22 passes defended, five interceptions, and one sack.

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Saints Agree to Deal with CB Delvin Breaux

Stacy Revere/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The New Orleans Saints have agreed to a deal with former Canadian Football League cornerback Delvin Breaux.

The 6-foot-1, 193 pound Breaux, who played high school ball in New Orleans, was once a highly recruited prospect before enduring three broken vertebrae in his back and a partially blocked artery during a high school football game in 2006.

The now 25-year-old Breaux has played the last two seasons for the CFL's Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He had 33 tackles, five passes defended, three forced fumbles and an interception last season.

Breaux joins a Saints team that allowed the 25th most passing yards per game last season.

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CB Marcus Peters Dismissed from Washington

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(SEATTLE) --  University of Washington cornerback Marcus Peters was dismissed from the team, head coach Chris Petersen announced Thursday.

The dismissal comes after Peters got into another argument with assistant coaches during practice Wednesday. Despite being kicked off the team, Peters will still have a scholarship to complete his education.

"These are not decisions that are taken lightly," Petersen said. "We have high standards for players in our program and they are held accountable when those standards are not met. I wish Marcus the best in the completion of his education and in achieving his football goals."

This isn't the first time Peters has had problems with Washington's coaching staff. He was suspended one game earlier this season after having a sideline tantrum following a personal foul call in the team's game against Eastern Washington.

Peters was playing in his third season for Washington. This year he has 30 tackles and three interceptions. He was rated as ESPN's Mel Kiper's No. 22 prospect on his current Big Board. Freshmen Sidney Jones and Naijiel Hale will start at cornerback Saturday when the Huskies host No. 18 UCLA.

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CB Brandon Flowers Agrees to Deal with Chargers

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(SAN DIEGO) -- The San Diego Chargers agreed to terms with Pro Bowl cornerback Brandon Flowers Tuesday.

Flowers, 28, played his first six seasons in the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs, starting 87 of the 88 games he played. But earlier in the month, the Chiefs decided to release Flowers to save money.

According to ESPN's Field Yates,  Flowers received a one-year deal worth up to $5 million, with $3 million guaranteed. The other $2 million can be had if Flowers plays in 92.5 percent of the Chargers' defensive snaps and the team reaches the AFC championship game.

Flowers made his first Pro Bowl appearance last season after recording 65 tackles, one sack, one interception and nine passes defended.

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Giants Pick Up Option on CB Prince Amukamara

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The New York Giants picked up their 2015 option on cornerback Prince Amukamara Thursday.

The 24-year-old Amukamara, was originally drafted by the Giants with the 19th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.

The rules of the new CBA allow for a team to exercise a fifth-year contract option on their first-round pick as long as it's done by a specified date in the fourth year of the player's contract. In this case, that day was May 3.

Because Amukamara was drafted outside the top 10, the option is worth the average salary of the No. 3 to the No. 25 highest-paid players at his position -- about $7 million.

Amukamara played and started all 16 games for the Giants last season. He compiled 76 tackles, defended 14 passes, caused two forced fumbles, and had an interception.

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Bailey Agrees to Two-Year Deal with Saints

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The New Orleans Saints announced Friday that they agreed to a two-year deal with 12-time Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey.

According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, the deal can be worth a maximum of $7 million.

"We are excited to be able to add a future Hall of Fame player with the addition of Champ Bailey," Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said in a statement. "His career accomplishments mirror that of his high character and he's a very prideful and competitive player who we believe will add to our defense. Having spent time with him recently and in our discussions with him, I know that he's thrilled to be joining the New Orleans Saints and starting a new chapter in his professional life."

Bailey, 35, played the last 10 seasons of his career with Denver, but was released by the team this offseason.

Last year was tough for Bailey. He played in only five games because of a foot injury, but ESPN's Adam Schefter reported earlier in the week that Bailey is healthy.

Bailey joins a young secondary that includes newly signed Pro Bowl safety Jairus Byrd.

“When you have a lot of young, energetic guys that want to prove that they belong in this game and prove that they’re one of the best – you’ve got a young Kenny Vaccaro, how much is Jairus Byrd going to help him? How much can I help them? How much can they help me? I just like the situation I’m going into because I know these guys are going to be hungry and we can all be biting each other’s style as far as what it’s going to take to be great," Bailey told the team's official website.  "And I’m excited to be a part of it.”

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Jets Add CB Dimitri Patterson to Their Secondary

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The New York Jets signed cornerback Dimitri Patterson on Tuesday. reports it's a one-year deal worth $3 million.

The 30-year-old Patterson played last season with Miami, recording 18 tackles, six passes defended, and four interceptions in six games.

The Dolphins cut Patterson last month to save $5.4 million against the salary cap.

Since Antonio Cromartie has been cut, the 5-foot-11 Patterson could get a chance to compete for a starting job.

In eight NFL seasons, Patterson has started 20 games, compiling 142 tackles, 36 passes defended, nine interceptions and two sacks.

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