Dallas Cowboys: Top-5 Free Agent Cornerbacks to Target

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DETROIT, MICHIGAN – OCTOBER 20: Trae Waynes #26 of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates his fourth quarter interception with Mackensie Alexander #20 while playing the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on October 20, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. Minnesota won the game 42-30. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Trae Waynes

Age: 27

PFF Rank: 46

Trae Waynes has never really lived up to his first round expectations but he’s been a pretty decent and reliable corner nonetheless. In just 3.5 seasons starting, Waynes has collected seven interceptions and 24 pass deflections.

At 6-foot-0 190lbs, he’s the prototypical size for just about any scheme. And his 4.31 40-yard speed, make him equipped to handle some of the NFL’s fastest receivers. It stands to reason Trae Waynes has yet to reach his ceiling and whoever signs him this spring is going to get the best Waynes to date.

How much will it cost to sign the former no. 11 overall draft pick? Spotec estimates Waynes to command 3 years/$25, 254,039 in free agency. It’s tough to say if that will be enough to lure him to Dallas, but it’s pretty clear given their salary cap situation, the Vikings won’t be able to bid.

Byron Jones will likely to command north of $14 million per season on his next deal so getting Waynes on a shorter deal for less money (estimated $6 million per season less) may be more to the Dallas Cowboys’ liking. But make no mistake, Trae Waynes has not proven to be the CB1 Jones is, so even with the added propensity to intercept the ball, Waynes would be step back for Dallas on paper.

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