Schefter says the Vikings considered signing Newman before they opted to promote a cornerback from their practice squad.
Newman, 31, is a former first-round pick of the Cowboys back in 2003. He spent nine years in Dallas before joining the Bengals in 2012.
Newman later caught on with the Vikings and played out the 2017 season on a one-year, $3.25 million contract before agreeing to a new deal this offseason. He announced his retirement back in 2018.
In 2017, Newman appeared in 16 games for the Vikings and recorded 35 tackles, one interception, and five pass defenses. Pro Football Focus had him rated as the No. 66 cornerback out of 120 qualifying players that season.