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Free Agency Update: Terence Newman Agrees to a 1 Year Deal

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 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.

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Brent LaBathe

Brent LaBathe (Contributor) Cloud technology leader by day, sports nut by night, Brent is a local purple diehard who's passion for the team boarders on obsession. After graduating from St. Cloud State in 2008, he was a contributing writer for and has always had a passion for writing. When he's not cursing his golf clubs for failing him yet again, he's constantly on twitter @BrentLaBathe.

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  1. The Vikings secondary hasn’t had a vet leading the group since Winfield. No offense to anyone currently on the roster but these pups have grown up together without a momma. Even if Mays and Newman never take the field they can both provide leadership the team has needed in a complicated system. If they can play, win win.

    1. My thoughts as well. I think the Vikings were hoping from more leadership from Munnerlyn, but he failed to provide it.

  2. leadership qualities are good and all, but wow, that’s quite the pff drop. maybe it was not having zimmer in cinci. if zim can’t revive him, cut him, like the bengal we had in camp last year

  3. I like these last recent pick ups. Newman can provide knowledge and Mays has the upside to be Harrison’s partner in crime.