The team has announced that they are picking up the fifth-year option on the contract of cornerback Trae Waynes. The option will cost the Vikings a shade over $9 million and will keep Waynes under contract to the team through the end of the 2019 season.
Waynes, the team’s first-round pick (#11 overall) in the 2016 NFL Draft, has seen steady improvement over his first three seasons with the team, and has become a very solid complement to Xavier Rhodes at the outside corner position for the Vikings. The team, obviously, hopes that he can continue a similar path of development. If you’ll recall, Rhodes had his struggles early on as well, but has now developed into one of the NFL’s best at the cornerback position.
As always, we want to remind everyone that the fifth-year option is only guaranteed for 2019 if Waynes suffers an injury of such seriousness that he is unable to pass a physical by the start of the 2019 league year in March. That’s the scenario that the team faced with Sharrif Floyd before the start of the 2017 league year, leaving them on the hook for his 2017 salary (though, apparently, how much of that salary is still in dispute).
It’s not a surprise that the Vikings decided to pick up Waynes’ option, but now it’s officially official.