Ex-Vikings CB Antoine Winfield to visit Seahawks

4/7/13 in NFL   |   Mia781   |   953 respect

Antoine Winfield is coming off a solid season with the Minnesota Vikings but the cornerback was still released in a salary cap move this offseason. But Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier’s comment that he would still sign Antoine Winfield speaks volumes about the player’s status as one of NFL's best run-stopping corner.
Antoine Winfield was released last month as the Minnesota Vikings still considered him a pricey option at a base salary of $7.5 million due in 2013. Besides, the Minnesota Vikings seem set at the position with Chris Cook and Josh Robinson. Under ordinary circumstances, for most teams age would be a concern with Antoine Winfield turning 36 this June. Moreover, at 5-9 and 180 pound, Antoine Winfield’s diminutive size could also raise issues, with most teams going for a bigger presence (in terms of size) to their secondary. However, Antoine Winfield, who’s been a regular starter through most of his career, is known as one of the most physical corners in the league and doesn’t fit the above stereo type.
The three-time Pro Bowler Antoine Winfield is drawing plenty of interest on the free agency market and visited the Washington Redskins earlier in the offseason. Although the Washington Redskins re-signed three-time Pro Bowler and 2010 Pro Bowl MVP DeAngelo Hall to their secondary, the team reportedly still didn’t lose interest in Antoine Winfield.
Now, the Seattle Seahawks are next on Antoine Winfield’s list, with a visit planned for early this week.
The Seattle Seahawks feature a solid cornerback tandem in Pro Bowlers Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman. Antoine Winfield’s potential signing only promises to make t the Seattle Seahawks’ secondary stronger.
While Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman are expected to serve at outside corner for the Seattle Seahawks, Antoine Winfield could wind-up in the slots, a position he’s become quite familiar with in recent seasons. Antoine Winfield showcased food coverage skills in the Minnesota Vikings’ defense last season as he compiled 101 tackles, 0.5 sacks, 13 passed defensed and three interceptions.
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