Last week, the Vikings apparently had “no intent” to cut cornerback Antoine Winfield.
But Winfield is now a former member of the team, and his now-former head coach is hoping for a reunion.
“I’m hoping that we can figure out a way to get him back here,” Leslie Frazier told Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com. “So, I’m hoping that it’s not goodbye yet.”
Per Pelissero, Winfield has arranged multiple visits with other teams.
“Him and I talked a few days ago, before I came up here, and I don’t want the door to be shut,” Frazier said from the league meetings in Arizona. “So, we’re going to still try to get something worked out — if he’s amicable to coming back.”
The Vikings and Winfield’s agent had discussed cutting the player’s $7.25 million compensation for 2013, but no progress had been made. Which resulted in the team’s decision to cut Winfield loose.
With or without Winfield, Frazier wants more cornerbacks on the roster.
“Without question,” Frazier said. “We’ll still look at what’s out there from the NFL perspective, but also in the draft. We need more depth at that position. As you know, you can’t ever have enough good corners in our league. So, we need to keep upgrading that position.”
Plenty of cornerbacks remain, and the top of the market is far lower than the money Winfield was due to earn this year.