Vikings Exercise Fifth-Year Option on CB Trae Waynes

Another piece to the defensive puzzle has been set for the short-term as the Minnesota Vikings have exercised the fifth-year option on Trae Waynes. 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 Vikings also signed 17 undrafted free agents, including South Dakota State wide receiver Jake Wieneke, a Minnesota native.

Minnesota announced the roster move on Monday. He joined the Vikings in 2015.

Newman played in all 16 games last season for the Vikings as well as their 2 playoff games. Waynes became a full-time starter for the Vikings at the corner position in 2017 where he ended his year with 57 tackles and two interceptions.

Despite his age, Newman has played a vital role in the Vikings defense over the past few years. 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). The Vikings selected Central Florida corner Mike Hughes with the 30th pick in the National Football League draft last week, but Newman gives them another experienced option while Hughes develops and the team continues to assess Alexander.

He started only 10 games in 2016 before making seven starts in 2017. The team begins organized team activities on May 21.

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