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Terence Newman Says He’ll Play In 2017

The Vikings’ elder statesman says he’ll be back at age 39

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Last season, Minnesota Vikings’ cornerback Terence Newman was the second-oldest defensive player in the National Football League, behind only James Harrison of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Harrison has already announced that he was going to be back for one more go-around, and it sounds like Newman is going to follow suit.

Newman was doing an interview with the folks from SiriusXM NFL Radio, primarily about his former teammate, Demarcus Ware. When he was asked about his future in the NFL, he gave the above response.

Newman didn’t specify which team that he has an “imminent” deal with, but I’m not sure if there have been any reports of him visiting with any other team at this point in free agency.

Even at his advanced age, Newman has been solid at the cornerback position for the Vikings in his two seasons with the team. He was involved in the “mini-mutiny” early in the game against the Green Bay Packers in Week 16 last season, where he decided that he could cover Jordy Nelson rather than having Xavier Rhodes shadow him. That hiccup aside, however, he’s been a good player in Minnesota.

That said, he’s going to be 39 next season. Father Time is still undefeated, and he’s eventually going to beat Terence Newman, too. Is next season going to be the year it happens? It sounds like someone’s going to find out. Whether or not that someone is the Minnesota Vikings remains to be seen.