Trae Waynes (Cincinnati Bengals)
Though it has yet to be finalized, Trae Waynes agreed to a nice three-year $42 million deal with the Cincinnati Bengals this offseason. Waynes will come in as a starter and the team is getting a speedy cover man who can stay stride-for-stride with the fastest receivers in the NFL.
Waynes overcame a slow start to his career to become one of the top corners in the NFC North. He took a huge step in year two and by his third season, was starting alongside Xavier Rhodes as one of the top two corners on Minnesota’s roster. Last year, alone, Waynes had 58 total tackles, four tackles for a loss, and eight pass breakups.
Even though he’s played at a high level for multiple seasons, Waynes doesn’t always trust his ability. He sometimes second-guesses himself and that can get him into trouble, either getting beat deep or allowing too much cushion.
Overall, the Bengals are getting a fast cover man who should be an asset to their defense from day one. At just 27-years-old, Waynes should have plenty of great seasons of football left in him and Cincinnati fans will love this guy.