Offensive tackle Marshall Newhouse was a heralded starter on a Texas Christian University football team that rose to national prominence during his tenure from 2006 to 2009.
His dominant blocking helped then-quarterback Andy Dalton become a polished NFL prospect. Newhouse paved the way as the Horned Frogs completed their only undefeated season in school history in 2009 while being named First Team All Mountain West during his senior year.
The Packers – needing depth along the offensive line – selected the bookend tackle in the fifth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He started 41 games over the last four seasons in Green Bay and was pegged at one point to be a possible permanent fixture at right tackle.
Injuries to a bevy of starters and constant shuffling along the offensive front led to him seeing extended time at left tackle during the 2011 and 2012 seasons. He played every single offensive snap in 2012.
Newhouse – who was an unrestricted free agent – has made a decision on where he’ll be suiting up in 2014. According to ESPN’s Coley Harvey, ” The Bengals added to their offensive line Friday, signing unrestricted free-agent tackle Marshall Newhouse.”
It appears, then, that the former Horned Front will again be charged with protecting Andy Dalton’s blind side. The ‘Red Rocket’ is firmly entrenched as Cincinnati’s franchise signal caller. The move, however, doesn’t come as a major surprise.
With free agency under way and other notable linemen – including tackle Bryan Bulaga (who was shelved for all of 2013 after sustaining a knee injury in preseason) and former first round pick Derek Sherrod - in the fold for significant playing time heading into 2014 it was likely that Newhouse would be the odd man out in the offensive line’s game of musical chairs.
Green Bay will likely head into the offseason program and eventually training camp with tackle Don Barclay and guards J.C. Tretter (who also spent the entire 2013 campaign on IR due to a leg injury) and Lane Taylor as depth along the offensive line.