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Tomasson: Vikings Expected To Exercise 5th-Year Option Of CB Trae Waynes

The cornerback will be under contract through the 2019 season.

According to Chris Tomasson of the Saint Paul Pioneer Press, “many observers believe” the Minnesota Vikings plan to exercise the fifth-year option of cornerback Trae Waynes before the May 3rd deadline. Picking up the option means Waynes will be under contract through the 2019 season.

The fifth-year option would cost Minnesota $9.069 million in cap space next season. The option is guaranteed for injury and won’t prevent the player and team from working out a long-term contract extension should there be mutual interest in doing so. The Vikings recently signed linebacker Eric Kendricks to a five-year, $50 million extension.

Waynes, 25, is a former first-round pick (11th overall) of the Vikings in 2015. He’s currently in the final year of a four-year, $12.944 million contract that includes $7.674 million in guaranteed money. His cap number for the 2018 season is $4.118 million.

In 2017, Waynes started all 16 games and recorded 57 tackles, 11 passes defended, one sack and two interceptions. Pro Football Focus handed out a 74.1 grade for Waynes, ranking him as the No. 69 cornerback out of 121 qualifying players.

Minnesota Vikings CB depth:

  1. Xavier Rhodes (27)
  2. Trae Waynes (25)
  3. Mackensie Alexander (24)
  4. Horace Richardson (24)
  5. Marcus Sherels (30)

In all likelihood the team will wait until after the draft to determine whether or not it makes sense to bring back veteran cornerback Terence Newman. It was reported earlier today that the Vikings have roughly $15.73 million in cap space.

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Sean Borman

Sean Borman is a writer with Minnesota roots that's still somehow an optimist. He was an intern with the Vikings during college and previously wrote for Rant Sports. You can find Sean on the golf course and on Twitter @SeanBoarMan.

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5 Comments

  1. Waynes was one of the better tackling CB’s and his coverage got better as the season went on.

    1. Well it looks like ESPN has the Vikings with a little more money ~

      Courtney Cronin
      ESPN Staff Writer
      Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks will carry a $3,740,520 cap hit in 2018 after signing a 5-year, $50 million contract extension last week. Kendricks’ future cap hits are as follows: $6.6 million in 2019, $9.6 million in 2020, $10.6 million in 2021.
      Minnesota has $16.866 million left in cap space in 2018, according to ESPN’s Roster Management System.
      Minnesota has $16.866 million left in cap space in 2018, according to ESPN’s Roster Management System.
      Minnesota has $16.866 million left in cap space in 2018, according to ESPN’s Roster Management System.

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