Eagan, Minn. (April 30, 2018) – The Minnesota Vikings have exercised the fifth-year option on CB Trae Waynes.
The cornerback was the 11th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft and has appeared in 46 career games with 25 starts.
Waynes has five career interceptions, including two during the 2017 season, and also had a takeaway in Minnesota’s 2015 Wild-Card playoff game.
He has interceptions in wins over Green Bay at U.S. Bank Stadium in back-to-back seasons.
Waynes has grown from a strong special teams player to a dependable starting cornerback in the league over three seasons, as he started all 16 games for the first time in his career during the 2017 season.
He has teamed with All-Pro cornerback Xavier Rhodes to provide a pair of high-end starting cornerbacks in the secondary for Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer.
The former Michigan State Spartan had a career-high 72 tackles in 2017 for the NFL’s top-ranked defense and also notched his first career sack.
Waynes set a career-high in passes defensed with four versus the Cleveland Browns (10/29/17) in London, England.
Waynes has 145 career tackles (121 solo) and 5.0 career tackles for loss, showing his willingness to tackle opponents’ running backs.