Vikings pick up fifth-year option on contract of CB Waynes

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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. Newman, who turns 40 on September 4, signed a one-year deal with the Vikings, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

The Vikings on Monday picked up the fifth-year contract option on cornerback Trae Waynes on Monday.

But that's just me arguing something that needn't be. The nickel corner, who can also play some safety, played in all 16 games for Minnesota last season and started in seven of those. The 2003 first-round pick will be the seventh-oldest player in the National Football League next season and the second-oldest positional player, behind only Tom Brady, who turns 41 in August. Minnesota now has three first-round corners in their rotation (Waynes, Rhodes, Hughes), while Alexander was a second-rounder.

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Waynes started all 16 games for the first time in his career during the 2017 season and has appeared in 46 career games, making 25 starts.

For his career, Waynes has five interceptions and 35 passes defensed. The former Michigan State Spartan had a career-high 72 tackles in 2017 for the NFL's top-ranked defense.

Newman-who will be 40 when the season kicks off-may not be the Pro Bowler he once was, but he still provides Mike Zimmer and Co. quality snaps.