Rapoport notes that Waynes’ fifth-year option just became fully guaranteed, so Minnesota won’t cut him.
The free agent cornerback market is limited at this point in free agency, so it’s possible a team could step up and offer the Vikings an appealing deal for Waynes.
Waynes, 26, is a former first-round pick out of Michigan State by the Vikings in the 2015 NFL Draft. He was entering the final year of his four-year, $12.944 million rookie contract when the Vikings picked up his fifth-year option last year.
Waynes stands to make a base salary of $9,069,000 for the 2019 season under his fifth-year option.
According to OverTheCap.com, trading Waynes would free up $9,069,000 of available cap space while creating no dead money.
In 2018, Waynes appeared in 14 games for the Vikings and recorded 44 tackles, one interception, and eight pass defenses.