Should the Minnesota Vikings bring back Trae Waynes in 2019?

(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Trae Waynes
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(Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) Trae Waynes
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Why the Vikings should keep Waynes

Last season was really the first time where it didn’t look like Waynes was a liability in the Vikings’ defense. During his first three years in Minnesota, it seemed like he was the victim of a deep touchdown pass more often than not.

In 2016 and 2017, Waynes gave up a total of nine scores to his coverage out on the field. But last season, the Vikings corner only allowed two passes thrown in his direction to result in touchdowns.

With the uncertainty surrounding Minnesota cornerback Mike Hughes and his recovery from a torn ACL this offseason, the team letting their current No. 2 corner hit free agency doesn’t seem like the wisest decision to make. Waynes may not be among the best in the NFL at his position, but the Vikings can still rely on him to go out and do his job each week for the most part.

His price tag for 2019 (just over $9 million) is also what it would likely cost for Minnesota to sign a new No. 2 corner in free agency anyways.

So instead of adding someone new who is unfamiliar with the defensive schemes or going with younger, less experienced corners on their roster, keeping Waynes around for next season is something that seems like the right choice for the Vikings to make.