Terence Newman retires as player, will take up coaching with Vikings

September 1, 2018 GMT

On a day when the Vikings initiated a youth movement with their final round of cuts, they turned one of the NFLs oldest players into the newest member of their coaching staff.

Cornerback Terence Newman, who turns 40 on Tuesday, announced his retirement on Saturday afternoon. The 15-year veteran will join the Vikings coaching staff immediately, the team announced, with Newmans role to be detailed further at a later date.

Newman, who had said 2018 would be his final NFL season, re-signed with the team for the veterans minimum salary of $1.015 million on April 30. He had played in the Vikings nickel package on early downs during their first three preseason games much as hed done last year but as undrafted free agent Holton Hill continued to push for a roster spot, it seemed possible something would have to give in the Vikings crowded defensive backfield.

Coach Mike Zimmer has long said Newman had the skills to be an NFL coach, and that the only question would be whether Newman envisioned such a role for himself. At least for 2018, he will continue to be a resource to a Vikings secondary that has looked to Newman for guidance since he first joined the team in 2015.

The fifth pick in the 2003 draft, Newman played for Zimmer in three different cities, working with him in Dallas for four seasons and joining him in Cincinnati in 2012 before following him to Minnesota a year after Zimmer became the Vikings head coach. Newman retires with 42 interceptions, eight forced fumbles and two sacks. He was a Pro Bowl pick in 2007 and 2009.