Minnesota Vikings Exercise Fifth-Year Option on Trae Waynes

The Vikings secured Trae Waynes for the 2019 season

The Vikings secured Trae Waynes for the 2019 season

We wrote last season about Terence Newman's impact on the Vikings. They have yet to reach a new deal with linebacker Anthony Barr, the 2014 first-round draft pick now in the final year of his rookie contract. The main complaints people had about Waynes were that he played off the ball way too much, which even with his elite speed created gaps in the Vikings zone scheme that opposing quarterbacks seemed to take advantage of a lot (especially earlier in Waynes' career).

Waynes was named First Team All-Big Ten while playing at MSU in 2014. His veteran presence is an important asset, as cornerbacks like Xavier Rhodes, Trae Waynes and Mackensie Alexander have discussed the benefit of his guidance.

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The Vikings selected cornerback Mike Hughes with the No. 30 pick in last week's National Football League draft to provide depth. They took Mike Hughes out of UCF in the first round (No. 30 overall) and also added Holton Hill as an undrafted free agent. Waynes has also appeared in three playoff games with two starts.

Newman totaled 25 tackles, one interception and five pass deflections in 2017, when he played in all 16 games and made seven starts. Waynes set a career-high in passes defensed with four versus the Cleveland Browns (10/29/17) in London, England.

Newman-who will be 40 when the season kicks off-may not be the Pro Bowler he once was, but he still provides Mike Zimmer and Co. quality snaps.

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