Vikings pick up fifth-year option on cornerback Trae Waynes

Postado Abril 30, 2018

At 39, Newman is the oldest active defensive player in the league.

Waynes, who will make $2.2 million this upcoming season, is set to earn a base salary of over $9 million in 2019 thanks to his option getting picked up. Throughout his 15-year career, he's played for the Dallas Cowboys, Cincinnati Bengals and now the Vikings, nine of which have come under Mike Zimmer.

He started only 10 games in 2016 before making seven starts in 2017.

Picking up the option gives the Vikings a window of nearly two years to sign Waynes to an extension before he can hit free agency. He was an integral piece on the defensive side of the ball and worked his way to the top of the depth chart.

The Minnesota Vikings have been making sure to keep their key defenders around.

Kirk Cousins signed with Minnesota this offseason so two Spartans will be leading important positions on both sides of the ball. He's started 205 games while tallying 876 tackles (745 solo), 172 passes defensed and two sacks.

Minnesota took another step in keeping their defense together by announcing on their official website they have exercised the fifth-year option on the rookie contract of their former first-round selection at the 2015 NFL Draft: Trae Waynes.