The agreement isn’t surprising given Newman’s history with Zimmer with the Dallas Cowboys and Cincinnati Bengals, but $750,000 in guarantees is the surprising part for a cornerback that will turn 37 years old before the regular season begins. Zimmer told reporters he still believes Newman can play, and those guarantees would back that belief.
Newman visited the Vikings last week but left without a contract.
Last year, Newman played in the majority of the Bengals’ defensive snaps, starting all 13 games he played and making 72 tackles with one interception. Knee and ankle injuries limited him late in the season and he reportedly considered retirement after the season.
Newman has played 12 seasons in the NFL, his first nine with the Dallas Cowboys and the last three with the Bengals. The 5-foot-10, 197-pound cornerback has 37 career interceptions and 147 passes defensed.
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