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

Nebraska wide receiver Alonzo Moore tries to pull in a pass as former Michigan State cornerback Trae Waynes pressures him in the fourth quarter at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing on Saturday Oct. 4 2014
Michigan State Football: Trae Waynes part of Vikings' future plans
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01 May, 2018

Newman, who will be 40 in September, will play his 16th National Football League season in 2018 and provides valuable locker room leadership and is also still productive on the field.

But with Mike Zimmer's penchant for slowly bringing cornerbacks along, Waynes will likely continue to take on a starring role in the Vikings secondary for the foreseeable future.

The team announced it has exercised its fifth-year option on the former Michigan State cornerback, who started all 16 games for the first time in his four-year career in 2017. Newman joined Zimmer in Cincinnati for two seasons, and has been in Minnesota since 2015.

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Waynes had a takeaway in Minnesota's 2015 Wild-Card playoff game and has had crucial interceptions in wins over Green Bay at U.S. Bank Stadium in back-to-back seasons. He's started 205 games while tallying 876 tackles (745 solo), 172 passes defensed and two sacks.

Vikings players returned for team activities on April 16. In 2017, the 39-year-old Newman was on the field for 555 snaps, which was the third-highest total among all Vikings corners. The Vikings also drafted Mike Hughes out of Central Florida in the first round Thursday. The only other players older than Newman are all kickers or punters, including Adam Vinatieri (45), Phil Dawson (43), Matt Bryant (43 on May 29), Shane Lechler (42 on August 7) and Sebastian Janikowski (40).


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