The Vikings have signed another former Mike Zimmer disciple in cornerback Terence Newman, the team announced Friday. It's a one-year, $2.5 million deal.
Newman becomes the latest former Bengal to sign with the Vikings after playing under Zimmer when he was defensive coordinator in Cincinnati.
Because he turns 37-years-old this September, Newman hasn't seen much of a market for his services, even though he showed at times last year that he can play like a No. 1 corner.
"That’s the biggest thing. He can still play. He came in the league later. I think he was 25 when he came in," Zimmer said. "He struggled a little bit in Dallas and then played great in Cincinnati. Last year, he didn’t play quite as good, so seemingly with me, we get things fixed a little bit. I really respect him, and I think he really respects me."
The Patriots had also shown interest in Newman earlier in the offseason.
After a strong start in 2014, many believed Newman could still play at a high level. However, he gave up a handful of big plays down the stretch and was eventually benched against Denver and sat against Pittsburgh with an illness. He then came back for the Wild Card loss to the Colts, where he once again gave up several big plays.
Head coach Marvin Lewis told the media at the NFL Combine that Newman wants to play for a 13th season. He got his wish while also getting to reunite with the man who's played a pivotal role in making Newman a successful NFL player.