Seahawks Insider

Morning links: DB Winfield set to visit Hawks

Post by Eric Williams on April 7, 2013 at 8:50 am with 29 Comments »
April 7, 2013 8:51 am
Minnesota Vikings defensive back Antoine Winfield (26) makes a hard tackle during an NFL football game against Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate (81) on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, in Seattle. The Seahawks won the game, 30-20. (AP Photo/Greg Trott)
Minnesota Vikings defensive back Antoine Winfield (26) makes a hard tackle during an NFL football game against Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate (81) on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, in Seattle. The Seahawks won the game, 30-20. (AP Photo/Greg Trott)

Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that Minnesota free agent defensive back Antoine Winfield is expected to visited the Seattle Seahawks next week.

Tom Pelissero of ESPN 1500 Twin Cities reports that visit will take place on Wednesday.

The 35-year-old Winfield was cut by the Vikings in a salary cap purge last month. He took a visit to Washington, but the Redskins re-signed DeAngelo Hall. However, both Washington and Minnesota reportedly remain interested.

At 5-9 and 180 pounds, Winfield doesn’t have the size Seattle traditionally seeks for its cornerbacks. However, Winfield likely would be considered an upgrade at nickel cornerback, and has experience playing inside against slot receivers during his time in Minnesota. Winfield has 27 interceptions and 14 forced fumbles in his 15-year NFL career.

He also has the respect of Seattle receivers Sidney Rice and Percy Harvin, who matched up against him every day in practice while with the Vikings.

“He is a guy I played against my entire four years there,” Rice said about Winfield before Seattle’s game against Minnesota last year. “He’s really smart and talented, and probably one of the toughest small guys I’ve ever seen in my life.”

The Seahawks have about $10 million left in salary cap space, so they could sign a veteran like Winfield. And Winfield reportedly wants to play for a playoff contender.

San Francisco linebacker NaVorro Bowman tells that the Seahawks must earn their hype. “You have to earn these things,” Bowman said. “This is their first time being mentioned like that, in this sentence, and we’ll see what they’ll do with that.”

Danny O’Neil of The Seattle Times writes that the Seahawks looked into it, but likely will not pursue Tim Tebow.

ESPN’s Trent Dilfer, Mel Kiper Jr. and Chris Mortensen discuss the read option and whether or not its here to stay long term in this video link.

Dan Pompei of the National Football Post writes that Antoine Winfield is the best free agent cornerback available on the market right now. He also talks with scouts who disagree with Nolan Nawrocki of Pro Football Weekly’s assessment of West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith.

ESPN’s David Fleming writes about the decline of the left tackle position in the NFL.

Clark Judge of CBS Sports believes Matt Barkley could be this year’s Andy Dalton.

Jim Corbett of USA Today writes that quarterback guru Terry Shea believes Arkansas signal caller Tyler Wilson is the best quarterback in this year’s draft class.

Morning links
Leave a comment Comments → 29
  1. Nothing to say but I was first to not say it.

  2. up there in age – but otherwise seems a nice fit to fill a need for the D, and I do like the idea of a few veterans filling out a young defense. how much does he have left? anyone know?

  3. Interesting how things have changed and now fa’s want to come here to a contender.

  4. JazBadAzz says:

    Bowman has no room to talk, whiners been sucking his whole career, until the last 2 years…what a hypocrite!

  5. Just for the record I always liked Seneca. I remember when he was called the best athlete on the team. That big reception he made was very impressive. As I recall the only times he got a shot happened to be when he was hurt. If we are looking for a similar skill set to RW he fills the bill.

  6. princeaden says:

    Bowman is kind of funny. The Hawks won 11 games and finished 1/2 a game behind SF. If there was a gap between the 2 teams at the end of last year, with the upgrades the Hawks have gotten in FA, there is no gap now. My guess is Pete/JS are going to pin point 2 or 3 players in the draft that will be able to make an immediate impact. Also, I think Pete/JS are better and finding players in the draft than the SF front office and will jump ahead of SF if they haven’t already.

  7. princeaden says:

    I’ve re-watched the Minn. game from last year several times and I remember Winfield stood out to me. I didn’t realize He is 35, but the fact is he plays big. I feel like he would be at best a pretty good upgrade at the slot and at worst good competition for Thurmond and Lane.

  8. I like reading Jim Corbett occasionally, but there is a size thing that I wonder about Tyler Wilson compared to Russell Wilson. It’s not height, it’s the length of his hands. Tyler’s hands are 8.75″ long and Russell’s hands are 10.25″ long. That thickness is the width of a 2x – that seems like an awful lot when you’re looking at a hand that’s gotta keep hold of a football when DEs are coming around from behind and taking swats at it, as well as how quick the throwing action can be with a big vs little hand. Does anybody know if there’s much difference in the throwing motion of Tyler vs Russell, or in how any times Tyler fumbled compared to Russell?

  9. Interesting article on Tyler Wilson. The way he’s talking about competition all the time almost seems like he’s trying to send a vibe to Pete Carroll. I’d rather get a monster D lineman with our 2nd round pick, but the kid’s last name has a ring to it.

  10. Spent sometime smiling big as the Viking fans aren’t liking how their key free agents are coming to seattle. I guess were getting them back for the Hutch Poison Pill. As for Bowman… See ya twice a year. We are going to be your nightmare. Whinner!

  11. Dukeshire says:

    Winfield has been a very solid nickel corner throughout his career, but he seems like a particularly odd fit for Seattle. The thing he does bring however is the attitude this secondary has. So while it wouldn’t shock me to see them sign him, I would be surprised I he made the 53.

    Hopefully Bowman keeps bumping his gums. Few things are sweeter than beating fools like that.

  12. seahawksteven777 says:

    If Bowman wants to talk about proving the hype, how about Kaepernick this upcoming season? People talk about him as an elite quarterback and he’s only played half a season.

  13. Southendzone says:

    Steven777, I totally agree on Kapernick, he had half a good season and in at least 2 games I watched he showed me that he has an issue commanding the offense in terms of getting adjustments made at the LOS.

    Both the superbowl and the SEA/SF game he struggled to make changes to the play and also have presence to know about the game clock.

    Any NFL fan has seen a lot of athletic QB’s put in amazing performances, but how many of them are remembered for long term great careers? Next to none, maybe Randall Cunningham is about it.

    The potential for a sophomore slump is the biggest challenge for SF (and also for our Hawks).

  14. Dukeshire says:

    Steve Young…?

  15. I don’t know why these forty whiners fans and players keep talking do they not understand they took a beating from us last season. I think we got them all shook up so they have to talk to feel confident in himself. Lol.

  16. Carlsonkid says:

    Duke , why do you say he’s an odd fit for the team ( Winfield ) ? Although he’s a little long in the tooth , he’s been a Pro Bowl corner with the ability to play both inside and out ( not that he stands a chance of unseating a starter ) and would be an upgrade to Trufant in the nickel . I was personally excited to hear he’s visiting ; a nice addition if he can be signed to a reasonable contract .. but I do respect your opin Duke – is it his size that concerns you ?

  17. This team’s top priorities for spending their $$ are
    #1 an experienced backup QB.
    #2 extending contracts of Thomas, Chancellor, Okung

    Spending money on anything else first would be a mistake. Besides, Thurmond and Lane will both be ready to compete at nickel CB this year.

    And, for all the talk about how nickel CB Trufant was a problem last year. He actually did his job just fine most of the time, while our LBs made most of the coverage mistakes I saw.

  18. I agree that Winfield is probably the best free agent CB available, but I wish we would just let him pass us by – I am pretty happy with our DB depth (Maxwell, Lane, Guy) and bringing in Winfield to be our 3rd DB will set the team back in terms of age and developing its young talent.

  19. Forget Thurmond – he is an injury waiting to re-happen.

    Would Winfield be a significant upgrade to Trufant? True did a nice job later in the season playing the nickel DB role. Trufant is 3 years younger and three inches taller than Winfield.

  20. Ewalters7354 says:

    “Bowman has no room to talk, whiners been sucking his whole career, until the last 2 years…what a hypocrite!”

    I said the exact same thing!

  21. Ewalters7354 says:

    “Would Winfield be a significant upgrade to Trufant? True did a nice job later in the season playing the nickel DB role. Trufant is 3 years younger and three inches taller than Winfield.”

    But Tru’s back is way older than Winfield…no change of direction anymore and no ball skills.Sorry but just because Tru is younger and taller don’t make him better.Maybe that’s why he haven’t had any visits?

  22. HonHawksLSB says:

    I’m on the side of Winfield being a great get for our Defense especially on a 1 year deal.

    Let’s not forget our D really let us down late in games in particular the secondary. Lions march down late and win, Chi completed long bomb to force OT, Falcons playoff game.

    We were obviously missing something to close out games, maybe AF is the Vet we need.

    The Legion of Boom +1

  23. WiscCory says:

    Guessing Winfield could come for 1 year at $2MM. Why not?

  24. Winfield on a 1 year deal would be a really nice signing for us. Trufant can’t turn and as a CB he’s done. Sad, but he had a good, to at one point, elite career. Lane and Maxwell deserve a real shoot at playing in our nickle, and dime, but also pushing Browner out.

  25. Screensmoke says:

    I’d they sign Winfield he is making the team unless preseason injury – that is not even debatable. His football IQ is off the charts and he is a total badass – 35 or not!get real

  26. He doesn’t fit for size and age for our defense and more specifically our DB’s. but he does fit for Savvy and being able to make an impact – his height doesn’t seem to be as much as issue since he would play the slot and that we already have a ton of height back there already.

    Clearly they are interested enough to bring him in for a look.

    I do find it interesting that his, and the QB’s, visits are actually being publicized – earlier signings were off the radar until they were signed.

  27. Screensmoke says:

    That is interesting?

  28. yankinta says:

    Using Matt Flynn’s $$ to sign the BEST SLOT CB in the game today?? I’m down.

    Sign me up!! Only need to improve the Run-D and if we avoid major injuries, Super Bowl, here we come…..

  29. Anyone catch the quote from Leslie Frazier the other day? “I don’t know what direction he’s leaning, but I’m hoping he’ll (Winfield) come back and be a Viking,” lol.

We welcome comments. Please keep them civil, short and to the point. ALL CAPS, spam, obscene, profane, abusive and off topic comments will be deleted. Repeat offenders will be blocked. Thanks for taking part and abiding by these simple rules.

JavaScript is required to post comments.

Follow the comments on this post with RSS 2.0