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Newman Sets Aside Hard Feelings, Produces

Keith Newman

Linebacker Keith Newman didn't feel too wanted by the Vikings this offseason, but he is mature enough to take any bitterness and direct it toward the football field on Sundays. So far, he is putting himself in a position for a nice contract in 2006 if his high level of production continues in 2005.

By all accounts, Keith Newman was the odd man out. After a decent season with the Vikings where he started 14 games and registered 71 tackles and 3½ sacks, Newman had a hunch Minnesota officials were leaning a different direction. Newman was solid but not spectacular in 2004, his first season with the Vikings. The Vikings had traded Randy Moss for a first-round draft pick and — more importantly...

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