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Terence Newman Joins Vikings

NFL via Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) -- Cornerback Terence Newman signed a one-year contract with the Minnesota Vikings.

The deal means the 36-year-old Newman will be reunited with Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer, who was Newman's defensive coordinator for four seasons with the Dallas Cowboys and two with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Newman started 13 games for the Bengals last season, recording 75 tackles, 15 passes defended, and one interception. While that was a down year for the two-time Pro Bowler, Zimmer is still confident he can play.

“That’s the biggest thing. He can still play. He came in the league later. I think he was 25 when he came in,” Zimmer said. “He struggled a little bit in Dallas and then played great in Cincinnati. Last year, he didn’t play quite as good, so seemingly with me, we get things fixed a little bit. I really respect him, and I think he really respects me.”

Newman was selected with the fifth overall pick of the 2003 NFL Draft by Dallas. Since then he's played 12 NFL seasons, nine with Dallas and three with Cincinnati. During that time he's played in 174 games, compiling 744 tackles, 161 passes defended, 37 interceptions, eight forced fumbles, and four defensive touchdowns.

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Michael Johnson Re-Joins Bengals

David Lee/Thinkstock(CINCINNATI, Oh.) -- After a single-season stint with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, defensive end Michael Johnson has re-signed with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Johnson, 28, spent the first five seasons of his career with the Bengals after being drafted in the third-round out of Georgia Tech. He amassed 26.5 sacks over 79 games and was one of the hot free agents last season.

The Buccaneers awarded Johnson a five-year, $43 million contract in hopes that he would sharpen Tampa Bay's pass rush that included Gerald McCoy and Adrian Clayborn. 

Tampa Bay released Johnson after he struggled through an ankle injury and provided just four sacks. 

In an ironic twist, after losing Johnson to free agency, the Bengals were awarded a 2015 third-round compensatory pick for Johnson. Now they also have Johnson back in the fold.

Johnson was said to be torn between returning to the Bengals or joining the Minnesota Vikings and head coach Mike Zimmer -- who was the Bengals defensive coordinator until last season.

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Linval Joseph Returns to Practice After Shooting Incident

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(MANKATO, Minn.) -- One day after being struck by a stray bullet at a nightclub, Linval Joseph was back at practice on Sunday for the Minnesota Vikings. Joseph, who was hit in the calf, is expected to be ready for the start of the regular season.

"I appreciate everyone's thoughts and concerns over the past 24 hours. I am extremely thankful that this was a minor injury for me," said Joseph in a statement released by the team. "My thoughts are with all of the victims at this time. I am looking forward to getting back onto the field with my teammates in the near future."

The shooting occurred near the back of 400 Soundbar in Minneapolis where the defensive tackle and some teammates spent several hours after their first preseason game. A total of nine people were wounded when a gunman opened fire in what police are calling a gang-related shooting. 

"He's pretty good, really, for the most part," head coach Mike Zimmer said. "He was in the meeting this morning and paying attention to what corrections he needs to make when he was playing. He's a fairly quiet guy anyway so I'm sure it shook him up like it shook all of us up. He's a very high-character, high-quality young man."

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Vikings Introduce Mike Zimmer

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.) -- The Minnesota Vikings introduced their new head coach Mike Zimmer on Friday.

Zimmer is the third head coach hired since owners Zygi and Mark Wilf bought the team in 2005 and spent the last five seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals as defensive coordinator and has been in the league for two decades.

"I am a Midwest guy. I grew up in an area very similar to this watching NFC North football, the black and blue division. I was hunting and fishing in areas very similar to around here. I want Vikings football to be a tough, smart and aggressive team that plays with passion and that works relentlessly for one common goal. I pride myself in making each player better with technique, and teaching them every aspect of the game," Zimmer said on Friday.

The Vikings finished 5-10-1 this season and Zimmer is working on putting together a coaching staff that believes in his philosophy.

"I want our fans to be proud of the way we play - tough, resilient, physical football and a team that makes big plays and represents them on the field and in the community," an excited Zimmer said. "We don’t win alone. We win as a team and I am determined to bring a championship to Minnesota and I can’t wait to get to work."

As for the current roster, Zimmer likes what he's taking over.

"l think we have a great group of young core talent. Obviously we have some very, very special players and we are still in the evaluation process of all of those things," he said.  "What we are trying to do is to get everybody together, the scouts, Scott Studwell, George Paton and everybody in this organization has done a fantastic job of evaluating a lot of guys. So I think we want to just make sure to continue down that road."

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Vikings Hire Mike Zimmer

David Dermer/Diamond Images/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Minnesota Vikings have hired Mike Zimmer as their new head coach, reports ESPN.

Zimmer is set to become the third head coach hired since current owners Zygi and Mark Wilf bought the team in 2005.

Zimmer spent the last five seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals as defensive coordinator and has been in the league for two decades.

The Bengals reached the postseason the last three seasons, but failed to find a way into the divisional round each year.

The Vikings fired head coach Leslie Frazier on Dec. 30 and began their interview process. 

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