Terence Newman announces his retirement; will join Vikings coaching staff

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Newman retires after 15 seasons in the NFL, three days shy of his 40th birthday.

Terence Newman's mentorship role with the Minnesota Vikings will continue. Newman just won't be in uniform as he continues working with the team's younger players.

Newman, three days shy of his 40th birthday, announced his retirement on Saturday as the team prepares to get down to the regular-season, 53-man roster limit. The team announced that Newman will join the coaching staff immediately but did not offer any further details.

A two-time Pro Bowl pick and longtime Mike Zimmer protege, Newman was the oldest active defensive player in the NFL.

Newman had returned to the Vikings this season and spent training camp working with many of the team's younger defensive backs such as Mike Hughes, Mackensie Alexander and Holton Hill. Newman was called upon to play the nickel back position with injuries to Hughes and Alexander. He had two tackles while playing in the third preseason game.

Newman had followed Zimmer, the Vikings head coach, from Dallas to Cincinnati to Minnesota. He played under Zimmer in Dallas from 2003-06 and Cincinnati for two seasons before signing with the Vikings in 2015.

The versatile defensive back played in 221 career games with 205 starts after being the fifth-overall pick in the 2003 draft by Dallas. Newman had 42 career interceptions. His games played, started and interceptions were the highest totals of any active defensive back.

The Vikings announced they will offer more detail on Newmans role at a later date. Its likely Newman will work with a group of cornerbacks that includes two rookies in Hughes and Hill. Alexander enters his third NFL season with Xavier Rhodes and Trae Waynes as the established starters.