Trae Waynes cashed in this offseason when he agreed to a three year, $42 million deal with the Cincinnati Bengals -- notice the words "agreed to" come into play here. Waynes hasn't actually finalized his contract with the Bengals due to the coronavirus pandemic as he has been unable to complete a physical with team doctors.
Due to this, Waynes hasn't been able to receive his $15 million signing bonus, making the cornerback extra cautious when working out this offseason. One minor mishap could turn for the worse for Waynes, even if Cincinnati decides to honor part of the deal.
"I've advised Trae not to do any football drills, not to get out there on the field, certainly don't do any live drills against other people. And my hope is that he's following my advice," Waynes' agent Brian Murphy explained to Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer. "He signed a nice offseason contract to go to the Bengals, be the man in their secondary, make a major contribution, and so under ordinary circumstances, he'd be killing himself to get in the best shape possible.
"He did do all the Zoom calls. Obviously, there's no physical activity there, and he'd really want to be in the best shape of life, so he can play the best football of his life. But because of the Bengals' decision, he can't do that."
Cincinnati isn't allowing third-party physicals, meaning Waynes may not actually receive a physical until he reports to the team facility for training camp later this month. Until the NFL and NFLPA resolve some issues regarding the coronavirus pandemic, Waynes and a bunch of other NFL players remain in limbo this offseason regarding the finalized teams of their deal.
Waynes is set to earn a base salary of $5 million this season, with the prorated bonus of $5 million coming from the signing bonus he receives when the deal is finalized (per Over The Cap). Waynes recorded 58 tackles last season, finishing with an interception and two forced fumbles.
Opposing quarterbacks targeting Waynes finished with a 107.9 passer rating, as the former first-round pick allowed 71 catches for 719 yards and five touchdowns. Despite his struggles last season, Waynes still got paid in free agency.
No wonder his agent wants him to be careful until the deal is finalized.