CB Terance Newman returns for 16th National Football League season, 4th with Vikings

  • CB Terance Newman returns for 16th National Football League season, 4th with Vikings

CB Terance Newman returns for 16th National Football League season, 4th with Vikings

Like the famous Energizer Bunny, Vikings cornerback Terence Newman keeps going and going and going.Minnesota announced Monday that Newman re-signed for his 16th professional season.

Newman, who will be 40 in September, will play his 16th National Football League season in 2018 and provides valuable locker room leadership and is also still productive on the field.

Waynes has five career interceptions, including two during the 2017 season, and also had a takeaway in Minnesota's 2015 Wild-Card playoff game. Newman signed with the Vikings in 2015 and has been playing under Zimmer ever since.

The Vikings on Monday picked up the fifth-year contract option on cornerback Trae Waynes on Monday. He has 879 tackles, 186 passes defensed, 42 interceptions, three touchdown returns from interceptions, 11 fumble recoveries, eight forced fumbles, two sacks and a fumble recovery for a score in 221 career appearances.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network noted the Vikings made the move despite having drafted cornerback Mike Hughes in the first round of the draft.

In addition to his play on the field, Newman is a mentor to the younger defensive backs on the team.

With Xavier Rhodes and Waynes the starters on the outside, Newman and Mackensie Alexander are the primary options to play the slot in the nickel defense. The team begins organized team activities on May 21.