The Vikings hadn’t re-signed any of their own unrestricted free agents until inking Newman again, and they had been keeping their signings under the 30-year-old age mark. Newman will be 39 for the 2017 season.
But after losing Captain Munnerlyn to the Carolina Panthers on Friday evening, Newman was an important piece to keep as a veteran presence in the defensive backfield. It will be his third year with the Vikings, ninth in Mike Zimmer’s defensive system, and 15th in the NFL.
Newman has started 26 games with the Vikings and played in 31, but this could be the year he takes on more of a limited role with Xavier Rhodes and Trae Waynes stepping into starting roles. That likely will be decided during training camp battles, and Mackensie Alexander could also figure into the mix with Newman as potential nickel cornerbacks to replace Munnerlyn.
Newman has the second-most career interceptions (41) among active NFL players, trailing only DeAngelo Hall (43).