Five years, $36 million for Winfield

When cornerback Antoine Winfield jumped from the Bills to the Vikings five seasons ago, he inked a six-year, $34.8 million contract.

Now, despite being 32, Winfield has signed a deal with fewer years, and more money.

Sean Jensen of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that Winfield’s new deal is worth $36 million over five years, with $16 million of it guaranteed.

It’s actually $30 million in new money for the four new seasons, given that Winfield already was due to earn $6 million in base salary for 2009.

The new contract helps to clear up one of the only major areas of in-house consternation for a team that has a good a chance as any other to be competitive in an NFC that looks to be as wide open this year as it ever has been.

14 responses to “Five years, $36 million for Winfield

  1. That guy is a baller he deserves it. I remember watching him in college and he balled out back then too. Happy for him. Its good to see a guy like him get rewarded. He never gets in trouble, he plays hard all the time, and he doesn’t complain (oustide of this contract situation).

  2. Wow…I like Winfield but a 5 year extension given to a 32 year old cornerback. Now thats a bit ridiculous.

  3. Finally we got it done! Smart move Vikes. He is a hell of a player and a leader. Probably have to move him to the nickel spot in 2 years but great signing

  4. “…for a team that has a good a chance as any other to be competitive in an NFC that looks to be as wide open this year as it ever has been.”
    It never fails.
    Do you REALLY need to keep clubbing us over the head like this, Florio?
    Is it really neccesary to conclude EVERY SINGLE fragment of a tidbit of a news story/rumor about the Vikings with an ending that asserts how “competitive” they can be, how they have a chance to be “dominant”, how they are “NFC Championship/Superbowl contenders”and “favorites to win the North” and so on…?
    Between you and every other sports outlet–STFU about it already.
    Enough of the perennial off-season Viking superhype.
    We all (well, most of us who aren’t under any delusions) know it’s bound to end the same THIS year as it does EVERY year:
    Disappointment.
    And Vikings fans wonder why so many of us come out of the woodwork to bash them at every opportunity. Because the opportunites are always there, and these stupid little throwaway hype-lines (“We’re a quarterback away!”) are EVERYWHERE, same as Bratty Favre…and between those two, and you guys doing your braggadocious delusional chest thumping and cheer-leading, it’s impossible NOT to hate you, and not to respond.

  5. Contra says:
    July 23, 2009 4:31 PM
    Wow…I like Winfield but a 5 year extension given to a 32 year old cornerback. Now thats a bit ridiculous.
    *********
    6 million of the 16 million guaranteed is for this year. He’s got 2 good years left. As hard as he hits and the way he plays, it’s a bargain.

  6. So overall 10yr 70.8 million for one of the hardest hitting, good/great cover, great off-field model citizen, and one the best on the field ‘play-reading’ defenders.
    Ya, I can live with that from 5’9 Antoine Winfield.
    And who sent a private plane to get him hours before almost signing with the Jets?
    Mike Tice

  7. Seems like we overpaid for him.
    I guess we probably we had to given Griffin’s extension. Hopefully, he’s got more than 2 good years left in, or is willing to become a nickel / safety.

  8. Great signing Vikes……there should be more NFL players like Winny…..takes care of business on the field and stays out of trouble off the field. He derserves it!!!!

  9. Overpaid to the point where he will never finish the contract.
    He will never finish the contract as a Viking.

  10. haha, ok bob. way to make a 5 year from now call that nobody will remember 2 weeks from now. you really have courage to go out on such limbs. the world is fortunate to have such brilliant football minds as yourself.

  11. Been reading PFT for a few months now but finally decided to register just to say-Bob Nelson, alot of what you say is BS, but you truly are, in your own way, a gem.

  12. Gotta get the details before you comment and trash the deal. Sure, he’s 32, but the later contract years have adjustment terms lowering base pay considerably if he doesn’t start. It’s a smart and fair contract for both sides. Then again, they could’ve left him twisting in the wind like the mad genius TT is doing with Collins.

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