Terence Newman got a $2.25 million contract for 2015, including $750,000 in guaranteed money, for a season in which he'll be 37 years old. It's true the Vikings have been assembling a younger roster, but there have already been a few occasions in Mike Zimmer's time as head coach where the team has moved to bring in a veteran player to fill positions where the Vikings aren't completely comfortable with what they have. They signed 34-year-old Chris Crocker during training camp last year and Zimmer stumped for Chad Greenway this year, saying in February that Greenway was still the best weakside linebacker the Vikings have. Zimmer hasn't been afraid to plug in veterans he trusts on defense, and there might not be many defensive backs he trusts more than Newman. The two have such a long history together that Zimmer believes Newman will play well in his defense this year, and it certainly appears as though the Vikings will start training camp with Newman as their left cornerback. Yes, the move does take the spot of a developing player for now, but the Vikings don't seem to want to rush Trae Waynes, and the Newman move suggested they're not sold on Josh Robinson, who will be a free agent after the year. Really, the only reason not to get a corner would be if you're so comfortable with your young guys that you decide to play them all now. That doesn't appear to be the case, and it seems clear that GM Rick Spielman is listening closely to Zimmer about what he wants for his defense. The two have a solid working relationship -- in the parlance of Bill Parcells, they put together the grocery list together, Spielman buys the food and Zimmer cooks the meal. The Newman move certainly came with Zimmer's input, and at the very least, he'll make it so the Vikings can bring Waynes along at their own pace. he was optimistic he'd put a bunch of nagging injuries behind him. The Vikings didn't have any football activities between that point and the start of minicamp on Tuesday, so either Robinson had something flare up or he did something between the end of OTAs and the start of minicamp. In any case, Zimmer said on Thursday he didn't know if he'd have Robinson for the start of training camp. Zimmer wasn't divulging much about injuries during minicamp, so it's hard to put this in complete perspective, but it is worth noting the coach expects to have Anthony Barr, Brian Robison and Phil Loadholt ready to go. Robinson is one of the only open injury questions heading into camp, and he'll have to play well to secure a meaningful spot in the cornerback group. The Vikings have enough options that they don't need to count on him, but for Robinson, it's important to get to camp healthy.
We'll wrap it up there for the day, and come back with another edition of the mailbag tomorrow. Enjoy your Saturday and we'll talk again on Sunday morning.
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