Terence Newman remains with Vikings

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Terence Newman says he’ll play at age 39 in 2017 because he wants to win a ring. And he thinks he can win a ring by remaining in Minnesota.

The Vikings have announced that they’ve agreed to terms with Newman for him to return to the team for his third season in Minnesota.

Newman, who will turn 39 in September, has played 15 seasons overall and is still playing at a surprisingly high level for a player his age. He also has a very good relationship with coach Mike Zimmer, which surely played a big part in his decision to stay with the Vikings. This will be Newman’s ninth season playing for Zimmer as either his head coach or defensive coordinator.

Newman started 10 games for the Vikings last season and played 73 percent of their defensive snaps. He also recorded his 41st interception, putting him second only to DeAngelo Hall among active players. Now Newman hopes he can get his first ring.

48 responses to “Terence Newman remains with Vikings

  1. Newman is a physical freak. It’s amazing that a cornerback can continue to play at a high level at that age. He will most likely be the nickel corner or a backup at the outside spots and will be a valuable contributor. That kind of takes the edge off of losing Munnerlyn.

  2. If the Vikings sign Murray and Cook then get Mangold and slide Berger over to guard there would be a good chance. Remember it’s Spielman though. So it could be a no on Murray and Cook and that would sting.

  3. Saw this coming from a mile away. He doesn’t seem like the kind of guy to leave a team to go somewhere else, saying he “wants to go somewhere that can compete for a ring” on his way out. Dudes got too much class to leave like that.

    I was optimistic he’d be back with the Vikings, but admittedly, was hoping it would be as a coach rather than a player. :\ Saying he played great last year is true, but only if you add the “for his age” asterisk after it.

  4. I like this re-signing.

    Disclaimer: I am in no way saying the Vikings are “Offseason Champions” or talking about super bowl. I am simply stating that I agree with this addition to my favorite teams’ roster, anyone that would assume I am assuring a sb appearance is reaching and needs to find something better to do.

  5. jimnsota says:
    Mar 15, 2017 12:30 PM

    Glad he resigned, but shows the confidence they have in Tre Waynes.
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    I have a feeling they will move him to the slot corner to replace the Captain and leave Tre in…..

  6. A lot of people were saying yesterday that he wasn’t coming back to the Vikings because he wanted to play for a contender. I guess a 15-year NFL veteran knows a bit more about what makes a contender than does an internet troll.

  7. Glad he resigned, but shows the confidence they have in Tre Waynes.

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    No it doesn’t you quack, it shows they value his veteran leadership and production, and I’m sure he’s been a great mentor to Rhodes, Waynes and Alexander since they’ve all been on the roster together

  8. A lot of people were saying yesterday that he wasn’t coming back to the Vikings because he wanted to play for a contender. I guess a 15-year NFL veteran knows a bit more about what makes a contender than does an internet troll.

    Or, you know, he called up some teams that weren’t perennial embarrassments and asked them if they would like the services of a 39-year-old cornerback. They declined, of course, so he decided to keep playing for the Vikings.

  9. Viquit fans are strange. They whine and whine about injuries to their offense last year, yet they can’t acknowledge that GB had injuries all over their defense, including 5 DB’s (and still made it to the NFCCG).

    Good things happen when you don’t quit.

  10. questionableopinion says:
    Mar 15, 2017 12:45 PM

    A lot of people were saying yesterday that he wasn’t coming back to the Vikings because he wanted to play for a contender. I guess a 15-year NFL veteran knows a bit more about what makes a contender than does an internet troll.

    Or, you know, he called up some teams that weren’t perennial embarrassments and asked them if they would like the services of a 39-year-old cornerback. They declined, of course, so he decided to keep playing for the Vikings.
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    Or, you know, he said yesterday a deal with a contender was imminent and then he signed with the Vikings today.

  11. 250dollarnflowner says:
    Mar 15, 2017 12:45 PM
    2017 Defensive Backfield: Rhodes, Waynes, Alexander, Newman, Smith, Kearse, and soon to be added Lardarius Webb. Not bad at all.

    Kearse?! Did you watch him play last year?.

  12. The Vikes have mentioned that they’ll play whoever best matches up against the slot receiver, whether he’s tall or short. This taking into account offenses moving their receivers around, so the nickel back may be played by committee this year, with Newman, Waynes, Rhodes and Alexander.

  13. He has as much of a chance for a ring as any other 5 year-old with a quarter in front of the toy machine in your local supermarket. Now if he wants a Superbowl ring, I would suggest a 3rd place team that hasn’t won a playoff game since 2009 (and it took a HOF Qb on his last legs to even pull that one off) isn’t the place to re-sign.

    But if he’s comfortable with Zimmer and the money is right, there is nothing wrong with playing pro football and finishing your career without a Superbowl ring. The Vikings have 56 years’ worth of player rosters that can attest to that.

  14. Good thing Thompson is a moron and didn’t sign him, that would’ve risked a useless compensatory pick!

    Davon House is taking you guys to the big dance! NOT.

  15. vikesfansteve says:
    Mar 15, 2017 12:23 PM
    If the Vikings sign Murray and Cook then get Mangold and slide Berger over to guard there would be a good chance. Remember it’s Spielman though. So it could be a no on Murray and Cook and that would sting.

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    Not sure Murray is much more of a fit for our current offense than AP, he isn’t a great pass catcher, and is a power runner that is better with QB under center. While I wouldn’t hate signing Cook or Murray for the right price, I feel there are better options that will be cheaper where we can get them in the draft. Both positions have quality players that can be picked up in later rounds that may be able to step in and contribute.

  16. 250dollarnflowner says:
    Mar 15, 2017 12:16 PM
    but, but, but, i thought rikki ellison said there was toxicity!!??

    @250dollarnflowner
    Not saying I agree with Ellison’s comments, but it’s not like Newman had a ton of other options. Not exactly a lot of teams clamoring for 39 year old DB.

    Toxicity or not, if he wants to play, it’s going to be in MN or not at all.

  17. Good thing Thompson is a moron and didn’t sign him, that would’ve risked a useless compensatory pick!

    Davon House is taking you guys to the big dance! NOT
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    I’ll take House over Newman any day. That’s the guy that blew off the coach’s game plan because he wanted to show he could match up with Nelson. Then he didn’t. At all. But sure, that’s the signing that’ll put you over the top. No wonder everyone makes fun of you guys. A couple mediocre signings and just like every off season, you’re already better than the Packers. Just be happy about your team and quit comparing them to ours. You guys haven’t even won a playoff game since our last SB win….so the comparisons just sound like sour grapes combined with ignorance.

  18. “Terence Newman says he’ll play at age 39 in 2017 because he wants to win a ring. And he thinks he can win a ring by remaining in Minnesota.”

    Good for him to be able to keep playing if he wants to. Too bad about the early onset of CTE.

  19. He’s staying to get a check, but I’m good with that as we will need his veteran leadership.

  20. Not sure Murray is much more of a fit for our current offense than AP, he isn’t a great pass catcher, and is a power runner that is better with QB under center. While I wouldn’t hate signing Cook or Murray for the right price, I feel there are better options that will be cheaper where we can get them in the draft. Both positions have quality players that can be picked up in later rounds that may be able to step in and contribute.
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    I don’t disagree, but it would be nice to finally have a RB that can pick up blocks. Lord knows if anyone needs it, it’s the Vikings.

    Murray is the best in the business in that department.

  21. jimnsota says:
    Mar 15, 2017 12:30 PM

    Glad he resigned, but shows the confidence they have in Tre Waynes.

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    I respectfully disagree with that. Every team ends up needing at least 4 decent CBs for parts of the season. Three play often, and one injury gets you to your 4th guy. Plus, as well as he has played, Newman may be better moving forward not playing every down. He could split time with Waynes, Rhodes on the other side, and Alexander in the slot.

  22. Shows he has faith in the Vikes and Zimmer, and that Ellison’s dad (who trashed the Vikes last year before his own kid re-signed) is clueless.

    And come on cabbage — the Pack was admittedly better than the Vikes last year — but they won last year and into the playoffs for one reason — Aaron Rodgers, the best QB in the NFL. It had nothing to do with a scrappy bunch of injured Pack defenders not quitting; rather, they hung on for the ride — till they met a QB that could throw downfield.

    Sometimes cheesers are quite strange.

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