Seahawks Insider

Report: Antoine Winfield close to agreement with Seahawks

Post by Eric Williams on April 10, 2013 at 4:41 pm with 19 Comments »
April 10, 2013 4:41 pm

ESPN’s Ed Werder reports that veteran free agent cornerback Antoine Winfield is close to agreeing to contract terms wit the Seattle Seahawks.

Winfield, who turns 36 in June, visited the team’s facility on Tuesday. If Seattle did reach an agreement with Winfield, he likely would compete with Walter Thurmond and Will Blackmon for the team’s nickel cornerback position.

The addition of Winfield also would mean that Seattle probably would not bring back veteran Marcus Trufant.

However, Ian Rapoport of is reporting that the Minnesota Vikings, Winfield’s former team, is making a late push, and the veteran corner is weighing the two offers.

Winfield was released by Minnesota last month, and visited with Washington last week.

NFL free agency
Leave a comment Comments → 19
  1. Wow.

    An unbelievable off season may get a little more unbelievable.

  2. trout_hound says:

    Though football is a young man’s game, Antoine apparently still has some gas left in the tank. I think its a good fit. I hope we work it out.

    I need a new sport to focus on. Are the Mariners any better this year?

  3. omg if winfield replaces trufant, the legion of boom is going to be a date with a brick wall

  4. Dukeshire says:

    Winfield will be competing with Thurmond and Lane for time as nickle. And considering they’ve run nickel more than any set the previous seasons, all three will get plenty of opportunities to play this summer.

  5. It will great with a vet on D

  6. Is there any doubt how much more improved our secondary will be next year? Lane and Maxwell are starter level, Shermans a man child, Browner/Kam/Winfield are bullies, and ET could have double digits picks next year(3 vs Brady dropped). Thinking Carrol is going to have to call off the hounds more often next year.

  7. ChrisHolmes says:

    Would be a good signing. I’d much rather have Winfield than Marcus Trufant.

  8. HonHawksLSB says:

    Duke… I think you’re underestimating Winfield’s skills. He would be our #3 corner if signed by a mile.

    Maybe this article will get you onboard?

    He is exactly what we need to stop the bleeding on 3rd down, which we were god awful.

  9. seatowntp says:

    H-Hawk, thank you for the link. That was a great article. After reading that I really hope Seattle can get A.W. to sign his name on a contract.

  10. MIN – Go fix your stadium and leave our CB alone!

    Good PFF article on Winfield from late last March:

  11. Oops, sorry Hon, I was posting and went AFK so I didn’t see that you’ld posted the link already!

  12. Well, on paper right now, this is about the sickest Seahawks defense I’ve seen. Ultimately it will come down to how the new additions through free agency to address the pass rush will perform, and how some of these sophomores chip in and play their part. Health will also be key, obviously.

    Winfield isn’t exactly unbreakable, but he’s certainly proven a lot more in the way of toughness than Thurmond III has to this point. On that alone I think T3 is in quite possibly a battle for his career. This is ‘Go Time’ for Thurmond now. I have no questions or doubts at all about Thurmond’s skills. I think he’s going to be a hell of a CB if he can just stay on the field.

    Winfield has a lot of game left in him, I think. Even at 36, I think I’d favor him in this battle versus Thurmond and Lane. Winfield is basically a miniaturized version of Browner. He plays the game with an edge that, IMO, ranks with the best to have ever played this game. I am talking about guys like Ronnie Lott, Rod Woodson, Jerry Gray – all extremely rough and rugged CB’s in their day. Winfield would make that Seahawks secondary a nightmare. He is a big time leader too.

  13. chuck_easton says:

    Don’t count Winfield as a Seahawk just yet.

    The Vikes realized they might have made a mistake in letting him out to FA and have dramatically upped their offer.

    Say tuned.

  14. If Winfield truly just wants a ring at this point in his career, then I am not sure I can see how a “highest bidder” scenario works out in Minnesota’s favor. I’m honestly shocked if all Winfield wanted was a few extra clams. lol.

  15. Southendzone says:

    He’s been in MIN for a long time, you would think they have the inside track to retain him.

    For me though I’d be upset that they dropped me and only now when another team is truly interested are they stepping up their interest.

  16. raymaines says:

    I don’t entirely care if AW comes to Seattle, but I’m happy to rob Minn. of every talented player they ever get. And when the Seahawks get the last good player off of their roster maybe we can swap draft positions too.

  17. ChrisHolmes says:

    “He’s been in MIN for a long time, you would think they have the inside track to retain him.”

    Have you been to Minnesota? Winfield being there a long time ought to work in Seattle’s favor!

    I spent 8 days in Minnesota once – Minneapolis. Seattle is the Garden of Eden compared to that hellhole. The state bird is the mosquito… That ought to tell you something. (The only really nice part about Minnesota is the airport – if you’re just having a layover, you can stay inside. It’s a well done terminal).

    If I were Winfield, just based on the city alone, you couldn’t get me out of there fast enough.

  18. chuck_easton says:

    Well now Windield is fielding offers from Seattle, the Vikings, and at least one other team thought to be the Redskins.

    Sounds like Winfield played Seattle to grease the skids and now he’s holding out to see who the highest bidder turns out to be.

    If this is the case it would be his loss in not playing here, but at 35 this is almost definitely his last shot at a big payday.

    Question is does PC/JS want him bad enough to get into a bidding war?

  19. SkeleTony says:

    I have long been a fan of Winfield and would love to see him in a Seattle uniform. But the fact is we don’t need him and don’t have the extra money to be bidding high on 36 year old veterans just to make our #1 NFL secondary even more #1. I don’t see us outbidding the Redskins (unless they fall asleep at the wheel like Miami did with the Flynn bidding war).

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