Although he will be 39 in September, the cornerback insists he’ll have another opportunity to play in the NFL again, for a team that he expects will compete for a Super Bowl championship. Newman refused to give the club’s identity during an appearance with Bruce Murray and Brady Quinn on the SiriusXM NFL Blitz.
‘Hopefully, we get something wrapped up in the next couple days’
But he said the news will come out soon.
“I’m planning on playing,” said Newman, a free agent who spent the past two seasons with the Minnesota Vikings. “So, hopefully, we get something wrapped up in the next couple days. … There should be a deal imminent. I can’t break that part of it to you, but there is a deal that’s imminent, that’s in the works and in the next day or two, it should come out.
‘The only reason I’m playing the game right now is because I want a ring’
“The only reason I’m playing the game right now is because I want a ring. That’s the one thing I was so happy about DeMarcus (Ware, who announced his retirement Monday). He was able to get a ring and that’s the epitome. And that’s the thing that everybody wants to attain. Some guys might play for money. Some guys don’t love the game, but they love the money. Me? I love the game and I want a ring. That’s the reason I play.
“I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t think I could win a ring. I wouldn’t try to play this game and go to a team that is ‘rebuilding’ or what have you. But the fact that I have an opportunity with a team that I know has a shot at winning a ring, that’s the part that, to me, is important. Because as an older player, you don’t want to be in a situation where you’re trying to do nothing but teach young guys. It gives me an opportunity to actually be able to teach young guys and be in a position where I can get a ring while playing.”
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