Minnesota Vikings cornerback Trae Waynes in action during the first half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers in Carson, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)

MINNEAPOLIS –¬†Vikings fullback C.J. Ham will be sticking around in his home state, the team announced Tuesday.

Ham, a Duluth native, was scheduled to become a restricted free agent with the start of the new league year on Wednesday, but the Vikings signed him to a four-year $12.25 million extension.

Ham originally joined the Vikings in 2016 after participating in the team’s rookie minicamp on a tryout basis, and he spent the majority of his rookie campaign on Minnesota’s practice squad.

He played 16 and 15 games, respectively, in 2017 and 2018, contributing on offense as well as special teams.

Ham saw a big influx in action last season, however, playing 354 (35 percent) of the Vikings offensive snaps under Kevin Stefanski and Gary Kubiak, who will serve as Minnesota’s offensive coordinator in 2020.

In other roster news, cornerback Trae Waynes has signed with the Cincinnati Bengals.

The deal is three years for $42 million.

A former first-round pick, Waynes played in 74 games over five seasons in Minnesota, recording defending 42 passes with seven picks. He had 58 tackles in 2019.


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