Published: Wed, May 02, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Vikings exercise 5th-year contract option on CB Trae Waynes

Vikings exercise 5th-year contract option on CB Trae Waynes

His 42 career interceptions are the most among active players in the league. The Vikings also drafted Mike Hughes out of Central Florida in the first round Thursday.

The Vikings and Waynes will look to sign a new deal within the next year or so, but he's now situated under his current contract to be with the team through 2019.

The Minnesota Vikings announced Monday they have re-signed veteran cornerback Terence Newman.

But that's just me arguing something that needn't be. With Xavier Rhodes and Trae Waynes the starters on the outside, Newman and Mackensie Alexander remain the primary options to play the slot in the nickel defense. Waynes played a critical role in the Vikings' secondary that allowed a mere 192.4 passing yards per game in 2017, which ranked second in the NFL. They took Mike Hughes out of UCF in the first round (No. 30 overall) and also added Holton Hill as an undrafted free agent. He's started 205 games while tallying 876 tackles (745 solo), 172 passes defensed and two sacks.

Minnesota had a big decision to make after the Vikings were bounced from the playoffs, though.

Newman will be 40 when the 2018 season begins.

Waynes has a future in this defensive backfield, especially if the 25-year-old continues to improve at the rate he has through three years.

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