UPDATE: Waynes’ deal is for $42 million over three years. He’ll make $20 million in 2020 alone.
The #Bengals are giving FA CB Trae Waynes a massive 3-year, $42M deal, source said. He gets $20M in the first year and averages $14M over the course of the deal. With two big deals in free agency, Cincy is in the ballgame.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 17, 2020
Minutes after making their biggest free agent signing in team history, the Cincinnati Bengals added another free agent acquisition.
The Bengals are signing free agent cornerback Trae Waynes, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Waynes, a former first-round pick by the Minnesota Vikings in the 2015 NFL Draft, slowly grew into a solid starter for Mike Zimmer’s defense. His coverage ability is best maximized in man-to-man situations, but the knack of giving up one-too-many big plays is ultimately why the Vikings let him test the market and ultimately sign elsewhere.
Still, Waynes is a solid player with plenty of starting experience. Waynes has exclusively played on the boundary at cornerback, so this seems to be the final nail in the coffin for Dre Kirkpatrick. If the plan is for Waynes to replace the Bengals’ first-round pick from 2012, they’re getting a younger version who is a more consistent tackler who is also a better athlete.
We’ll publish the financial details of Waynes’ contract when that becomes available.