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Terence Newman returns for his 16th Season

By: Tanishka Mhaskar
April 30th, 2018
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The Veteran CB Can Still Play Like He's 20

On Monday afternoon, the Minnesota Vikings announced that another former first round CB was returning. This re-signing came with the name of 40 year old defensive back, Terence Newman. He returns to the NFL for his 16th season, and his 4th in purple and gold.

Newman's relationship with HC Mike Zimmer goes all the way back to the 2003 NFL draft when he was drafted fifth overall by the Dallas Cowboys. Zimmer was the defensive cordinator in Dallas at the time and when Zimmer took the DC job with the Cincinnati Bengals, Newman followed in his footsteps. That continued when Coach Zimmer was hired as the Vikings' head coach.Newman has been fairly effective with a lesser role. He registered 5 interceptions all years with the Vikings.

Terence Newman knows that he is coming back with a decreased role, and with more help coaching the younger players such as Hughes and Alexander develop into the best they can be. With Newman's extension, the Vikings currently have six corner backs on the roster. At this point the most assumable depth chart for the 2018 Vikings is:

1. Xavier Rhodes
2. Mackensie Alexander/ Mike Hughes
1. Trae Waynes
2. Terence Newman
3. Marcus Sherels

Without clarity of who our slot corner is going to be (keep an eye on that in training camp) the Vikings CB depth looks mostly the same, although Mike Hughes has the potential to completely shut down the opposing slot receiver. 

VKNT is glad to have you back for another year Terence! Let's get it done this year.