Dallas Cowboys' Amari Cooper is tackled by Minnesota Vikings' Mike Hughes Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. The Vikings defeated the Cowboys 28-24.

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Reports: Vikings decline option for CB Mike Hughes

The Minnesota Vikings declined to pick up the fifth-year option on cornerback Mike Hughes’ rookie contract by Monday’s deadline, multiple reports said.

Hughes, the 30th overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft, now will become a free agent after the 2021 season.

Hughes, 13, has only made seven starts and played in 24 games in his first three NFL seasons. He tore his ACL six games into his rookie year and only played in four games last season before a neck injury forced him onto injured reserve.

Hughes has recorded 80 tackles, 13 passes defensed, two interceptions (one returned for a TD as a rookie), three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

The Vikings would have owed him a guaranteed $12.643 million in 2022 had they picked up his option, per Spotrac.

Minnesota only selected one defensive back in last week’s 2021 draft out of its 11 total picks: a fourth-rounder spent on cornerback Camryn Bynum out of California.

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