Free agent cornerback Terence Newman and the Minnesota Vikings have had discussions regarding a contract, but it hasn't evolved into a signing -- nor anything close to one. That's according to 1500 ESPN in Minneapolis.
Some contractual numbers were discussed between #Vikings & Newman side today. Nothing close to being signed. Pats signed 2 other CBs today.— Darren Wolfson (@DarrenWolfson) March 19, 2015
Newman, who visited with the Vikings on Monday, also visited with the Patriots on Tuesday. It's still possible (though remotely) that the Patriots ink Newman; they signed cornerbacks Bradley Fletcher and Robert McClain on Wednesday -- allowing us to reasonably conclude that New England is no longer interested.
Following Cincinnati's wild card loss to the Indianapolis Colts, Newman had contemplated retirement.
"I talked to some guys that when they started kind of thinking of retirement and whatnot, it was more so about them waking up and wanting to go to meetings and feeling how the body was, if the knees gave out or the ankles gave out or shoulders or whatever it was," Newman said via ESPN. "That was part of their deciding factor -- the body just gave out."
A strong start in 2014 offered some argument that he was still playing well enough to keep going. However, he had given up a couple of big plays down the stretch. A 46-yarder against the Broncos eventually led to a five-yard touchdown to Emmanuel Sanders that wiped out Cincinnati's lead and forced the Bengals to play from behind. There was also the 32-yarder against Pittsburgh in Week 14 that eventually led to a 10-yard touchdown pass to Le'Veon Bell and a 17-14 Steelers lead.