Newman played for Zimmer in Cincinnati during the 2012 and 2013 seasons. He also played under Zimmer in Dallas for four seasons after being selected in the first round of the 2003 draft.
Newman will be turning 37 in September, raising questions about what his role will be with the team. It is very possible that the Vikings bring him in during training camp to help teach the younger players and see where things are at after that, much like they did with safety Chris Crocker a year ago.
It’s also possible, however, that the Vikings are planning on bringing him in to provide depth to the cornerback position. Xavier Rhodes, Captain Munnerlyn and Josh Robinson make up the top three cornerbacks on the roster, but there is a bit of a dropoff after them. Marcus Sherels is under-sized and used primarily as a special teams player and Jabari Price was a seventh-round pick in 2014.
Adding a veteran like Newman would provide the Vikings with an experienced player who can not only provide depth but also compete for playing time.
“He came in the league later – I think he was 25 when he came in,” Zimmer said at the NFL owners meetings in Phoenix on Wednesday, according to ESPN. “He struggled a little bit in Dallas, but played great in Cincinnati. Last year, he didn’t play quite as good. Seemingly with me, we get things fixed a little but. I really respect him, and I think he really respects me.”
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