MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Vikings and cornerback Terence Newman have agreed to terms on a one-year contract worth as much as $2.5 million, including $750,000 guaranteed, that will reunite the veteran with coach Mike Zimmer for his 13th NFL season.
The Vikings announced the deal Friday with Newman, who spent the last three years with Cincinnati after nine with Dallas. Zimmer, entering his second season with Minnesota, was Newman’s defensive coordinator for six years: four with the Cowboys and two with the Bengals.
Newman, who was drafted by Dallas with the fifth overall pick out of Kansas State in 2003, has 37 career interceptions, the third-most among active players in the NFL. The production and stability at cornerback for the Vikings was better in 2014, but that’s still a position where they could use more depth with Xavier Rhodes, Captain Munnerlyn and Josh Robinson their leading returning players.
Newman has been relatively durable, averaging 15 games per season. He’s a two-time Pro Bowl pick with 11 fumble recoveries, eight fumbles forced and 169 pass breakups over his career.