CB Newman signs with Vikings for another year, RB Anderson staying with Broncos
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Cornerback Terence Newman is ready to be the NFL's oldest defensive player.A source confirmed Tuesday that Newman, who turns 38 in September, has agreed to a one-year, $3 million contract with the Vikings.Also Tuesday, the ...
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - Cornerback Terence Newman is ready to be the NFL’s oldest defensive player.
A source confirmed Tuesday that Newman, who turns 38 in September, has agreed to a one-year, $3 million contract with the Vikings.
Also Tuesday, the Vikings re-signed Rhett Ellison, their top blocking tight end, and officially announced a deal that cornerback Marcus Sherels agreed to last week. NFL Media reported Ellison’s one-year deal is worth $2.25 million.
Newman, entering his 14th season, made $2.5 million last season. Next season will be his eighth playing for Vikings coach Mike Zimmer. Before coming to the Vikings, he played four years for Dallas and two for Cincinnati when Zimmer was defensive coordinator for those teams.
Oakland safety Charles Woodson was the NFL’s oldest defensive player last year at 39, but he retired after the season.
Ellison, who made $1.542 million last season, will return for a fifth season with the Vikings. He suffered a torn patellar tendon in January’s regular-season finale at Green Bay, but his father, Riki, said his rehabilitation is going well.
“He should be full go by training camp,” said Riki Ellison, an NFL linebacker from 1983-92 who won three Super Bowl rings with San Francisco. “He’s ahead of schedule in terms of flexibility and all his measurements.”
Ellison has career totals of 42 receptions for 458 yards. He plays behind starter Kyle Rudolph, and sometimes both are in the game in a two tight-end set.
In a Facebook post published last week, Riki Ellison said his son would not re-sign with the Vikings but quickly took it down. On Tuesday, he said the Vikings raised the amount of their initial offer after other teams, which he would not name, entered the mix.
“The value was more than they had originally thought,’’ Riki Ellison said. “That’s sort of what happened, and he was compensated to that end.’’
Sherels had agreed to a deal Friday worth $4 million over two years with $1.5 million guaranteed.
Sources said Sherels got an offer from the New York Jets after visiting the team last week. A source said had he not reached a deal with the Vikings, he would have visited Carolina and that Tampa Bay also had a strong interest.
Ravens sign WR Wallace
Wide receiver Mike Wallace joined the Baltimore Ravens, agreeing to a two-year, $11.5 million deal Tuesday.
Wallace gives the Ravens a vertical receiver the team lacked in 2015 after losing Torrey Smith to the San Francisco 49ers in free agency.
Steve Smith is returning in 2016, but his recovery from a ruptured Achilles could keep him on the sideline into August. Breshad Perriman, a big receiver with speed, was the Ravens’ first-round pick in 2015 but never played in a game because of a knee injury.
Wallace, 29, was released by the Minnesota Vikings last week. He tied or set career lows in catches (39), receiving yards (473) and touchdowns (two) last season.
Broncos retain RB Anderson
Running back C.J. Anderson will be back with the Denver Broncos after the team matched a four-year, $18 million offer from the Miami Dolphins.
Anderson had offers from the Chicago Bears and Dolphins and as a restricted free agent, the Broncos retained refusal rights to match any offer Anderson accepted. Denver officially matched the money on the table from Miami on Tuesday.
Anderson was the second-leading rusher to Ronnie Hillman with the Broncos last season. But Anderson was used as the fourth-quarter closer by Denver, running effectively between the tackles and in short-yardage situations.
Undrafted out of Cal, Anderson earned a nod to the Pro Bowl as an injury replacement in 2014 when he gained 849 yards and eight touchdowns, mostly in the second half of that season. Because of injuries, he fell behind Hillman in 2015, but averaged 4.7 yards per carry and totaled 720 rushing yards.