Like the famous Energizer Bunny, Vikings cornerback Terence Newman goes on and on.
Minnesota announced on Monday that Newman has signed up for its 16th pro season. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
The 5-foot-10, 197-pound Newman entered the league in 2003 as the first round pick (fifth overall) from Kansas State with the Cowboys, where he first joined Viking's coach Mike Zimmer, then the defensive coordinator of Dallas.
Newman, who has spent the last three seasons with the Vikings, has been playing in the room for nine of his 1
42-year-old Newman currently has 42 job openings and is ranked 10th among the active players with 221 career games.
Newman, a two-time Pro Bowler, has registered at least one interception each season. He has started 205 games while defending 876 tackles (745 solo), 172 passes and winning two sacks.
In his current role, Newman will continue to lead the Minnesota Defensive Backs Group, including Xavier Rhodes, Trae Waynes and Harrison Smith, Mackensie Alexander, and in the first round in 2018, Mike Hughes, among others.
Newman's presence has not escaped Alexander, who appreciates that the veteran has coreback.
"Terence is a guy who's always behind me, always pushed me and always talked to me," Alexander told the Vikings official website in December. "Sometimes you look at him and it's like, man." He makes a few pieces that are like this: "[Dang] he knew that would come." Or: How did he know that was coming? That's Terence, man, Terence is Terence. "
Newman, who turns 40 on September 4, is to become the league's oldest defensive player.