Newman has decided to retire after 15 NFL seasons, Josina Anderson of ESPN reports. Newman played for the Cowboys, Bengals and Vikings over the course of his career. In 16 games with Minnesota in 2017 he recorded 35 tackles and five passes defensed, including an interception. He turns 40 on Tuesday and may have called it a career because of his age or because he was likely to be relegated to a depth role with the Vikings in 2018.
Newman agreed to a contract to return to Minnesota for 2018, Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Newman played in every game for the Vikings last season, logging 560 defensive reps in the process as he split time with Mackensie Alexander in the nickel cornerback role. However, Newman may have a reduced role at age 40 and with the Vikings taking Mike Hughes with the 30th pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Newman (foot) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Saints. Newman was limited in practice throughout the week as he dealt with a minor foot injury, but the 39-year-old cornerback will be able to play in the divisional round. Expect Mackensie Alexander to provide depth at the nickel spot as well.
Head coach Mike Zimmer said Newman (foot) was a limited participant in Friday's practice and will be listed as questionable for Sunday's NFC divisional-round game against the Saints, Courtney Cronin of ESPN reports. Newman was also a limited participant in Wednesday's practice before entirely sitting out Thursday's session. If he isn't able to play Sunday, Mackensie Alexander would presumably gobble up the majority of snaps as the primary nickel cornerback.
Newman played 41 snaps and worked as the slot corner ahead of Mackensie Alexander in Monday's win over the Saints, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. He had four total tackles. It looks like Newman will get more playing time as a result. However, we'd expect the Vikings to be judicious with the 39-year old's playing time later in the season.