Vikings CBs Trae Waynes, Mackensie Alexander are candidates for extensions
With the Minnesota Vikings re-signing Kyle Rudolph to a long term deal they have opened up some cap space which means Trae Waynes or Mackensie Alexander could be in line for an extension.
The extension for Rudolph lowered his cap number this season from $7.625 million to $3.55 million which means the Vikings have $4.687 million of cap space for this upcoming year. Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press suggests that money could be spent on getting a couple more extensions done.
Before reaching agreement on a deal with Rudolph, the Vikings had started preliminary extension talks with defensive end Stephen Weatherly, entering the final year of his contract. Two other key defenders, cornerbacks Trae Waynes and Mackensie Alexander, have expiring contracts and could be candidates for extensions.
Trae Waynes is entering the final year of his rookie deal with the Vikings and was asked about a long term deal with the club.
“I’m not thinking about that,’’ Waynes said. “I’m worried about this season.’’
Wayne’s agent Brian Murphy also represents Rudolph and there is no doubt he would like to get a long term deal done. Waynes said that isn’t something he is too concerned about though and he is going to let Murphy worry about it.
“That’s his job,’’ Waynes said of contract talks. “I’m going to do mine on the field.’’
Waynes has gone about his job quietly but has become one of the better cornerbacks in the league, and would be a very sought after free agent if he reaches the open market.