Around 4:00 Friday evening the Cincinnati Bengals announced, over twitter, that they’ve signed former Green Bay Packer Marshall Newhouse.
— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) March 21, 2014
Newhouse, a fourth year offensive tackle, has 31 career starts under his belt. The 25 year-old has appeared in 47 games in those four years, missing just one game in the last three seasons. Marvin Lewis’ focus throughout free agency has been filling some holes in the defense and strengthening the offensive line. Signing Newhouse falls right in line with that.
It also gives offensive coordinator Hue Jackson another piece to the protection of quarterback Andy Dalton. It is unclear if Newhouse will be a starter, but his durabilty and playoff experience are components that will translate immediately. He will also bring a championship mindstate to the team, something the Bengals desperately need on the offensive side of the ball.