Terence Newman will turn 40 in September, but he’s not thinking about retirement. Fueled by a desire to get the mountaintop, Newman says he plans to play in 2018.
“I want to play [next season], because we made it to an NFC Championship. We fell short. We fell way short … I want to be able to have an opportunity to win a ring. It’s that simple,” Newman said (via KFAN 100.3 on Twitter).
Bound for free agency, it’s not a guarantee that Newman will return to the Vikings next season. It seems like that Minnesota will have interest in retaining him, however, for his valuable veteran leadership and on-field production. In 2017, Newman graded out as Pro Football Focus’ No. 66 ranked cornerback, which puts him on the fringe of starter quality.
The Vikings are slated to start Xavier Rhodes and Trae Waynes at cornerback, but Newman could once again serve as support for that duo, along with Mackensie Alexander. If not, he’ll be exploring opportunities with other contending clubs.
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