If he has his way, the oldest member of the Minnesota Vikings will be back for a fourteenth NFL season in 2016, and he'll do it in purple and gold.
Terence Newman, who signed with the Vikings on a one-year contract last season, would like to re-sign with the team before the start of free agency, according to Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. If Newman were to come back, he'd not only be the oldest player on the Vikings' roster, he'd be the oldest defensive player in the National Football League, as he turns 38 in September. He had three interceptions for the Vikings last year, including two in one game against the Oakland Raiders en route to an NFC Defensive Player of the Week Award.
While there has been some talk about Newman potentially moving to safety, Vikings' General Manager Rick Spielman said in a recent press conference that he still considers Newman to be a cornerback. He did get one start at safety last season against the Arizona Cardinals (a game where the Vikings were nearly to the point of simply looking for warm bodies to start on defense with all the injuries they were dealing with), but if he returns as a corner, he will provide valuable depth behind Xavier Rhodes, Trae Waynes, and Captain Munnerlyn.
Or he could end up starting again. With the way he played last season, I don't know if that would necessarily surprise anybody, either.
The Vikings' interest in Newman is said to be mutual, so it would be a significant upset if Newman wasn't back on another short-term deal either before the start of free agency or shortly after it gets underway.
What do you think about the prospect of Terence Newman potentially coming back to Minnesota?