Antoine Winfield chose Seahawks over Vikings’ offer for more guaranteed money
The 35-year-old Antonie Winfield generated a lot of interest from other teams as one of the top run-defenders remaining on the market then, despite losing some downfield speed over the past few years. Antoine Winfield visited the Washington Redskins last month, and as of Friday, they were still in pursuit of him. The Denver Broncos and New England Patriots also inquired about Antoine Winfield’s services. But it was the Seattle Seahawks who were the main competition for the Minnesota Vikings in their pursuit to re-sign Antoine Winfield.
Antoine Winfield signed to a one-year deal, worth $3 million including $1 million in guaranteed money with the Seattle Seahawks on Friday. The Minnesota Vikings reportedly made a similar offer with except it was a fully guaranteed deal.
So what swayed Antoine Winfield into signing with the Seattle Seahawks?
According to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, being released from the Minnesota Vikings after nine-seasons with the team was a partly emotional affair for Antoine Winfield. At one point, Antoine Winfield considered following his release by announcing retirement to end his career as a Viking.
But the thought of playing for a team that went a round further in the 2012 playoffs as compared to the Minnesota Vikings may have reignited Antoine Winfield’s hopes of winning a Super Bowl ring, only this time with another NFC powerhouse. Or probably the chance of playing for a team that offers more familiar than the Minnesota Vikings’ other competition played a factor in Antoine Winfield’s decision sign with the Seattle Seahawks.
In the Pacific Northwest, Antoine Winfield will be reunited with two former Vikings – offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and receiver Sidney Rice – who also served in Minnesota during his time there. Wideout Percy Harvin, who arrived at Seattle in a trade with the Minnesota Vikings, just a day Antoine Winfield was released, also awaits him there.
Antoine Winfield will take on a nickel back role with Seattle Seahawks corners Richard Sherman and Brandon Bowner o the outside, along with Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor at safety.