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1500 ESPN is reporting that former Bengals corner back Terence Newman has agreed to join the Vikings on a 1 year contact.

Newman, 36, has connections with Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer and last played for him in 2013.

Newman’s knowledge of Zimmer’s defensive system will not only give him a leg up in terms of training camp competition, he’ll be able to provide some additional leadership within the secondary and help younger players identify different nuances.

For what it’s worth, although 36, Newman does seem to fit Zimmer’s system well. After positing an overall profootballfocus.com grade of 5.5 in 2013, he regressed significantly with a grade of -2.0 in 2014.

Newman is the second former Bengal to join the Vikings in as many days. Safety Taylor Mays signed with the team just last night.

Not a game changing move by any means, but I think it makes sense for the most part. Probably a very low risk signing for the Vikings from a financial standpoint and will add some veteran leadership in a player who knows the defense very well.

Newman might not have the speed he did as a high touted prospect coming out of Kansas State, he’ll surely give his peers a run for their money during training camp.