Terence Newman says this will be his final season

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Terence Newman is no Tom Brady.

One season in his 40s is enough for him.

The veteran cornerback, who signed a one-year deal to return to the Vikings yesterday, said during a conference call that his 16th season was going to mark his farewell.

I think this will be my last year no matter what happens,’’ Newman said, via Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Newman will turn 40 in September, and will be the oldest active defensive player in the league.

“After 15 years, I’ve soaked as much as I can in,” he said. “It’s been a heck of a ride. I understand when it’s time for me. I’m not going to put an onus on doing anything special.”

Simply walking on the field counts as something special, since he’s been playing since he was the fifth overall pick in the 2003 draft. The fifth pick in this year’s draft, Bradley Chubb, was 7 years old when that happened.

Newman joined the Vikings in 2015, and has also played with the Cowboys and Bengals, working with coach Mike Zimmer at both stops along the way.

18 responses to “Terence Newman says this will be his final season

  1. The knock on him when he was coming out of college was that he was “already” 25 years old…….a little ironic now……

  2. Another one of those Vikings veterans whose starting to slow down, but it’s tough to see them go because they seem like such a great person. #MinnesotaNice

    Hopefully he gets to make it to the big game in his final year.

  3. Will be used more as a position coach than a player. Woe to the guy who loses his roster spot because of Newman..

  4. It’s nice to have a player around that can remember firsthand all thirteen of the Packers’ championships.

  5. come on now stellar, you can do better than that.
    He’s only been alive for 2 of them anyway.

  6. 2003 draft? Holy crap, I was there. It was the only draft I ever attended. Got so drunk the night before I only made it to the first ten or so picks before I passed out.

    So he can be proud that his career is the longest of all the picks I ever watched live and in person.

    Oh, wait, I think I saw Suggs drafted before I blacked out.

  7. Glad he’s sticking around for another year. After 20 years, his NFL pension will be sizable.

    As for the things he’s seen during his remarkable longevity, I guess that also included painfully watching my favorite NFCN team choke away several NFC Championship games as well as another less-favorite NFCN team waste away the prime years of a first ballot HOF QB.

  8. as another less-favorite NFCN team waste away the prime years of a first ballot HOF QB.

    Addition “who has won a Super Bowl”. Purpleguy this sounds a lot like the argument if you don’t win the Super Bowl, it’s a wasted season. Your fellow purples dislike that argument.

  9. Let me blunt, he lost a step last year and it showed. Hopefully he isn’t taking a roster spot from a up and coming DB, like Holt from Texas. All loyalties aside, if he has digressed further and it shows, to the gallows he goes. He can always obtain a ring with the Vikes as a coach.

  10. Player-Coach in the truest sense. He has been a great player over the years and even though he has lost a step, younger players will benefit from being around him.

  11. I’m not sure how much playing time he’ll get if the young guys play up to their potential. He is a luxury as a backup who can play any secondary position including safety. Having him help Hughes will be huge.

    Will make an outstanding secondary coach, problem for Vikings is they already have the two best secondary coaches in the league in Zimmer and Gray, but I’d bet he has a better than 50% chance to be on Zimmer’s staff in some capacity next year.

  12. stellarperformance says:

    May 1, 2018 at 3:17 pm

    It’s nice to have a player around that can remember firsthand all thirteen of the Packers’ championships.

    ————
    Fixed it for you

    It’s nice to have a player around that can remember firsthand all 4 of the Packers’ championships (and 9 fake championships when 6 teams were in the league)

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