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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.

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48 Responses to “Terence Newman remains with Vikings”
  1. The Phantom Stranger says: Mar 15, 2017 12:16 PM

    Hello, Newman.

  2. 250dollarnflowner says: Mar 15, 2017 12:16 PM

    but, but, but, i thought rikki ellison said there was toxicity!!??

  3. clear2me says: Mar 15, 2017 12:19 PM

    An article on the Vikings without “toxic” mentioned? However the Packer comments will likely cover that.

  4. The Phantom Stranger says: Mar 15, 2017 12:20 PM

    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.

  5. 250dollarnflowner says: Mar 15, 2017 12:20 PM

    he would be the #1 in green bleh.

  6. 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.

  7. 250dollarnflowner says: Mar 15, 2017 12:24 PM

    and he will be added to the coaching staff in 2018 which means the vikings will have a coach that is a better CB than anyone on GB roster

  8. minnesotamuggs says: Mar 15, 2017 12:24 PM

    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.

  9. jermainewiggins says: Mar 15, 2017 12:25 PM

    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.

  10. clamdiggers says: Mar 15, 2017 12:28 PM

    Always comforting knowing you’ll have January off.

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

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

  12. fwippel says: Mar 15, 2017 12:30 PM

    The guy likes playing for Zimmer, and said he would sign with a contender. He kept his word.

  13. wtfru2 says: Mar 15, 2017 12:35 PM

    jimnsota says:
    Mar 15, 2017 12:30 PM

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

    I have a feeling they will move him to the slot corner to replace the Captain and leave Tre in…..

  14. questionableopinion says: Mar 15, 2017 12:35 PM

    It’s OK if you want to keep playing at 39 Newman, you don’t have to go around making up some lie about thinking the Vikings can give you a ring.

  15. The Phantom Stranger says: Mar 15, 2017 12:36 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.

  16. emoney826 says: Mar 15, 2017 12:36 PM

    Loved watching Jordy burn him last year. Glad they resigned him.

  17. 250dollarnflowner says: Mar 15, 2017 12:37 PM

    i can hear all the packer “owners” whining, “why can’t we have defensive players!!??”

  18. saberwolf335 says: Mar 15, 2017 12:39 PM

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

    ———-

    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

  19. wib22 says: Mar 15, 2017 12:39 PM

    Same guys that ignored zimmer’s game plan.

    SKOLOL!

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. The Almighty Cabbage says: Mar 15, 2017 12:54 PM

    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.

  23. clamdiggers says: Mar 15, 2017 12:57 PM

    Maybe he can kick a 15 yd fg

  24. GenXJay says: Mar 15, 2017 1:05 PM

    Terence is a pretty good veteran to have on the roster.

  25. Brandon in Northwest Suburbia says: Mar 15, 2017 1:10 PM

    So much for sugning with a contender.

  26. The Phantom Stranger says: Mar 15, 2017 1:12 PM

    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.
    ________

    Or, you know, he said yesterday a deal with a contender was imminent and then he signed with the Vikings today.

  27. jermainewiggins says: Mar 15, 2017 1:13 PM

    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?.

  28. pfffffffffffft says: Mar 15, 2017 1:15 PM

    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.

  29. whatjusthapped says: Mar 15, 2017 1:16 PM

    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.

  30. Frazier28/7 says: Mar 15, 2017 1:20 PM

    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.

  31. pryrates2020 says: Mar 15, 2017 1:32 PM

    Vikes fan here. Not super excited about this

  32. funshipm174 says: Mar 15, 2017 1:33 PM

    Wow, another ingenius move by Slick Rick Speilman.

  33. ragnarthemagnificent says: Mar 15, 2017 1:33 PM

    Love it. Great player, good role model, intelligent guy. I would wish him well anywhere he went, glad the Vikes could still find a place for him.

  34. getadealdonealready says: Mar 15, 2017 1:34 PM

    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.

    —————————————————————–

    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.

  35. ducks4remi says: Mar 15, 2017 1:41 PM

    That picture was taken in the game where they decided to ignore the coaches gameplan! The rest of the NFCN is happy he came back.

  36. magnusthe1st says: Mar 15, 2017 1:46 PM

    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.

  37. pkrlvr says: Mar 15, 2017 1:54 PM

    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
    ——–
    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.

  38. cribbage12 says: Mar 15, 2017 1:55 PM

    Really is amazing the dude can play that position at that age. The dude abides.

  39. djvh2 says: Mar 15, 2017 2:29 PM

    “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.

  40. wolfman55h says: Mar 15, 2017 2:39 PM

    Exactly how long has Newman been in NFL? I think
    He got a pick 6 off of Moses

  41. Purple People Eaters says: Mar 15, 2017 3:50 PM

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

  42. idurenn says: Mar 15, 2017 3:57 PM

    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.
    ________________________________________
    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.

  43. twinfan24 says: Mar 15, 2017 4:50 PM

    jimnsota says:
    Mar 15, 2017 12:30 PM

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

    ———————————
    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.

  44. filthymcnasty3 says: Mar 15, 2017 5:10 PM

    Is there any contract language about running the correct play calls? Or is Zimmer going to continue to allow everybody to wing it back there?

  45. jbvikes says: Mar 15, 2017 6:09 PM

    Good signing! Put him in the slot and have him teach up Alexander for one more year and then the slot is Alexander’s! SKOL!!!

  46. purpleguy says: Mar 15, 2017 6:26 PM

    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.

  47. ohgoshhi says: Mar 15, 2017 7:28 PM

    Well, depth is good.

  48. truthbetold109 says: Mar 16, 2017 10:26 AM

    Didn’t Newman play in Super Bowl IV when the Vikings lost to Kansas City?

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