Vikings exercise 2019 option on Trae Waynes

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The Vikings drafted a cornerback in the first round last Thursday for the first time since they drafted Trae Waynes in 2015.

The arrival of Mike Hughes isn’t a sign that the Vikings are looking to a future without Waynes, however. The Vikings announced on Monday that they have exercised their option on Waynes’ contract for the 2019 season.

The option is guaranteed for injury only and sets Waynes up to make a base salary of just over $9 million.

Waynes started nine games in his first two years with the Vikings before moving into a full-time starting role last season. He finished the year with 65 tackles and two interceptions and added seven more tackles in Minnesota’s two postseason games.

Waynes and Hughes are joined at cornerback by Xavier Rhodes, who was also a first-round pick, and 2016 second-rounder Mackensie Alexander.

32 responses to “Vikings exercise 2019 option on Trae Waynes

  1. I didn’t love the pick over a much needed Guard….but since the Vikings have Hughes, good to see picking up Waynes option and locking down a strong secondary for years to come.

  2. I think Waynes has earned it. I thought he was a bust early in his career, but he improved drastically last year. It will be cool to see if he can keep it up.

  3. Hopefully they are able to work out a more reasonable extension before the $9M payday is due.

    Haven’t given up on him yet, but if 2018 is a dud it’s hard to swallow $9M to a corner who consistently gets burned or called for PI.

    Also not a good look for a team that has drafted numerous high round defensive backs only to continue to rely on a 40 year old Newman.

    Love my vikes but man…

  4. Good news ~ Now the only thing that could make this better is if they could get him signed long term and I believe they will ~ Barr is the next in line though IMHO ~ Diggs needs to prove he can stay healthy for 16 games once in his first 4 years before he can ask for top dollar ~

  5. Teams used to be ok with one good corner and a few decent corners. Nowadays you need 3 good corners. The Vikings have a shutdown corner and 2 good ones now. Alexander needs to develop better and it will be big plus.

  6. Hey GB fans, don’t you have better things to do like rub the bunyons on your momma’s feet? The Vikes have beat you 4 of the past games, and shut you out on your home turf last year. Get used to it, because that’s the norm going forward.

  7. The reason he made so many tackles is because he let so many people catch the ball.

  8. thefappingbearcutler says:

    April 30, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    As usual, Vikings fans are already planning their Super Bowl parade. It will just make the guaranteed failure that much more enjoyable.

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    I have seen very few comments from Vikings fans predicting a Super Bowl, and none of the Vikings fans I know in person are predicting anything.

    So where are you getting your comment ammo?

  9. All Knowing says:

    April 30, 2018 at 11:57 am

    Doesn’t make a difference. Rodgers is going to torch all those clowns in purple.

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    Except he hasn’t since Zimmer has been coach. The Vikings and Packers have the same win loss record since he took over the team. He hasn’t been dominant over the Vikings since Ponder was our QB (2013). Stop living in the past.

  10. Waynes, like Rhodes, has improved every year. They were both garbage their first season. Alexander should also continue his improvement this yr. Hughes will make a nice 4th CB in Zim’s new nickel look by removing Sendejo from that package. More cover guys and definitely more speed on the field. Rush and cover….that’s todays NFL.

  11. 5th year option aside, the reason they drafted Hughes was because they probably won’t want to sign Waynes to a long-term contract. If he continues to develop as they expect, he’ll be able to get a huge contract when he hits free agency and I don’t think they’ll want to pay it if Hughes is working out.

  12. “Stop living in the past.”……Packer fans living in the past is like saying water is wet

  13. I would have exercised it as well. Waynes seems to be coming along, although it’s been slowly. At this time last year, I would not have exercised the option. The $9 million is guaranteed for injury only, so if he doesn’t cut the mustard, they can cut him and be done. If he does cut the mustard, they don’t have to start the whole process over again. Win/win.

  14. FORTY YEAR FITNESS says:

    April 30, 2018 at 12:14 pm

    The reason he made so many tackles is because he let so many people catch the ball.
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    Actually it’s because he has become one of the best run stopping corners in the league…but it’s easier to make jokes than to get the facts.

  15. He has steadily improved every year, maybe not to the level of his draft position, but he’s an above-average, not great NFL QB. He also played all year with a shoulder injury. The $64 question will be what the going rate for an above-average but not great NFL QB will be in 2019 and if he and his agent agree.

  16. Spielman and Zimmer reached for Waynes in that draft and now their paying for it. I’ll give him another year to see if he takes huge steps but he definitely isn’t worth nine million a year!

  17. Doesn’t make a difference. Rodgers is going to torch all those clowns in purple.

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    Just like last seas….Oh Wait, Rodgers didn’t torch anyone last season. Don’t wanna see anyone get hurt, just hope for GB’s sake, their O-line can protect their QB.

  18. All Knowing says:
    April 30, 2018 at 11:57 am

    Doesn’t make a difference. Rodgers is going to torch all those clowns in purple.

    _________

    I remember Waynes picking off Rodgers in the US Bank Stadium opener. The pick that sealed the game. So who’s the clown here? And talkin’ about clowns- tell me which team does actual juggling drills at their practice.

  19. The reason he made so many tackles is because he let so many people catch the ball.
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    Actually it’s because he has become one of the best run stopping corners in the league…but it’s easier to make jokes than to get the facts.
    ))))))))))))))
    And teams throw away from Rhodes. Hughes was needed because of his return game and Alexander has been disappointing not Waynes.

  20. prideof10000lakes says:
    April 30, 2018 at 12:01 pm
    Hopefully they are able to work out a more reasonable extension before the $9M payday is due.

    Haven’t given up on him yet, but if 2018 is a dud it’s hard to swallow $9M to a corner who consistently gets burned or called for PI.

    Also not a good look for a team that has drafted numerous high round defensive backs only to continue to rely on a 40 year old Newman.

    Love my vikes but man…

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    When was Waynes getting consistently burned? Maybe we watched a different 2018 season.

    What are some other high round defensive backs you’re referring to? Newman has only been on the team for 3 seasons.

  21. All Knowing says:
    April 30, 2018 at 11:57 am
    Doesn’t make a difference. Rodgers is going to torch all those clowns in purple.
    /////////
    Apparently, 1 win in his last 4 games now constitutes “torching”. Rodgers feasts on mediocre teams. Except for one season in which they won the SB, he has been underwhelming as a whole.

  22. whatjusthapped says:
    April 30, 2018 at 5:54 pm
    I can see why.

    He looked so good in the NFC Championship game, he and his mates held a 2nd string QB to only 38 points.
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    Yes, all players should be judged by one game played against the SB Champs. Great analysis. Thank you for your knowledge.

  23. conormacleod says:
    April 30, 2018 at 8:59 pm

    Except for one season in which they won the SB, he has been underwhelming as a whole.
    ++++++++
    Aaron Rodgers has four separate seasons where he threw for 38+ td’s with 8 or fewer interceptions. Four. If he did that on the Vikings, would those be characterized as underwhelming seasons? Thought not.

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