Wednesday, March 29, 2017

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Free agent cornerback Terence Newman has played cornerback in the NFL for 14 seasons. Yet somehow, the 38-year-old is still performing at a high level.

Newman spent the 2015 and 2016 seasons with the Vikings as the starting left cornerback opposite Xavier Rhodes. In 31 games, he collected four interceptions and 20 passes defensed. Pro Football Focus graded Newman as the ninth-best cornerback in the NFL in 2016 with a grade of 86.4.

He announced today on Sirius XM Radio that he will indeed play in the 2017 season.

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Why not Latavius Murray
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So the Minnesota Vikings didn’t get their guy in Eddie Lacy; what a bummer.

The 267-pound running back signed a one-year, $5.55 million contract with the Seattle Seahawks, ending any hope he’d make the short trip from Wisconsin to Minneapolis. While Lacy was surely a fit with the Vikings, he likely saw Seattle as the more lucrative destination — a run-first offense with the necessary backs to rotate and split carries.

Lacy turned down comparable offers from the Vikings and Packers, leaving Rick Spielman empty-handed once again this free agency period. Fortunately, the running back market’s been soft—thanks, pass-happy offenses—and remains abundant with talent. Spielman recognized the surfeit of options, quickly shifting focus to another high-profile player looking for a new home — Latavius Murray.

The Road to 50 — About the Labor: Episode 49

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald discuss the Minnesota Vikings’ free-agent signings of Riley Reiff and Mike Remmers, the departures of Cordarrelle Patterson, Matt Kalil, Captain Munnerlyn and Rhett Ellison, key issues that remain up in the air and speculate on what still may be to come on Episode 49 of About the Labor.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  • The New Guys: Reviewing free-agent signings of LT Riley Reiff and RT Mike Remmers
  • The Old Guy(s): Brief thoughts on decision to retain OT/OG Jeremiah Sirles
  • The Exodus: Discussing losses of CB Captain Munnerlyn, OT Matt Kalil and WR Cordarrelle Patterson
  • The Future: Overview of RB Eddie Lacy and other free agents that have met with the Vikings
  • The Dream: Speculating on a few potential options that would look good in Purple for the right price
  • The Questions: Examining thoughts from @VikingKing888, @JReidDraftScout and @BrownJayson
  • The End: Final takes, some weird static noises and a Drew Mahowald sign-out

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VT Roundtable
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The writing you see at Vikings Territory often goes beyond the words on the website. We spend plenty of time arguing, debating, and discussing all things Vikings behind the scenes, but many of these conversations never escape our Slack channels.

Thanks to the collective ingenuity here at VT, we’ve found a way to bring those talks directly to you! Welcome to the first ever VT Roundtable, a video “podcast” of sorts with your favorite Vikings bloggers. Each week, we plan to come together and share our thoughts through a video hangout, whether after games, following the draft, or in the middle of a busy week.

Check out the first episode after the jump; we hope you enjoy!

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