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“High mutual interest” between Winfield and Redskins

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A week ago, the Antoine Winfield camp was playing maybe/maybe not with the idea of visiting the Redskins, suggesting other offers could keep him from going.

This week, with Winfield still unsigned, comes a report of “high mutual interest,” between the sides, even with Washington bringing DeAngelo Hall back.

“At this point in his career, [Winfield] wants to win, and [Washington] has made moves to further solidify the roster, and re-signing Hall only helps,” a source close to Winfield told Mike Jones of the Washington Post. “Their games complement each other.”

That may be the case, but the more important question is whether they can afford both.

Washington had just over $1 million in cap space before the Hall deal (which will pay him just over $2 million), meaning they’ll need to cut or restructure some contracts to do that one. The Redskins apparently told Winfield’s reps they had a plan on how to massage the cap to get Winfield in, but others doubted they could make it work.

If they can’t figure it out soon, Winfield may have to take up one of those other mystery teams that are interested in him.

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27 Responses to ““High mutual interest” between Winfield and Redskins”
  1. urfinished says: Apr 3, 2013 7:47 AM

    If Skins get Winfield and Hall, those are two vet CBs with very different styles. Mix in Josh Wilson and you are very comfortable playing Nickel in the new pass happy NFL. Winfield and Hall could even play free safety on a limited basis. Just adds a lot of flexibility.
    I’m not going as far to call the secondary a strength, but that is a very nice upgrade from last year and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know they will spend two picks minimum there in the draft.

  2. logicalvoicesayz says: Apr 3, 2013 7:56 AM

    Won’t make a difference. You see, the best team in Maryland wears purple and black.

  3. rujusten says: Apr 3, 2013 7:58 AM

    The Redskins are def making the best out of a crappy situation with the $18 mil cap hit. Kudos to the Allen/Shanny camp. Going to be drafting safeties and O-line in the draft….HTTR!

  4. 81buckeye says: Apr 3, 2013 8:17 AM

    This could actually work out well as a short term stop gap. D. Hall could move to free safety, since we currently have nobody to play there. He is not the best corner in the league but his play making skills should translate well to making the move to safety. Winfield still has some gas left in his tank. If this happens, it could work out well for a year until we get a full amount of cap space back in 2014.

  5. pa1856 says: Apr 3, 2013 8:21 AM

    He’ll end up resigning with the Vikings by the draft.

  6. 4superbowls says: Apr 3, 2013 8:30 AM

    Why don’t the Vikes keep their good players? Except for AD, it’s like every Viking can’t wait to get out of town. Luckily for us Viking fans, AD seems to want to hang around.

  7. roylp says: Apr 3, 2013 8:55 AM

    I doubt it’s going a decision is going to be made just before the draft. I believe he will be signed neither end of the week.

  8. 21skinsfan21 says: Apr 3, 2013 9:07 AM

    This would be a pretty good signing, but with the signings we have made, how are we going to sign any of our draft picks??? “Preferably a safety”

  9. jimnsota says: Apr 3, 2013 9:09 AM

    The Vikes didnt keep Winfield because he was going to be paid 7.5 million. Thats too much cap for a CB thats 35.

  10. whatjusthapped says: Apr 3, 2013 9:11 AM

    “At this point in his career, [Winfield] wants to win”

    There goes any hope that he’ll resign with the Vikings. How is it that the Vikings’ better players (such as Winfield and Percy Harvin) instinctively feel that if they want to win, the best route is on NW Airlines heading out of Minneapolis?

    Doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks but if the opinons of the better football players is that they want to win now and where can I go to do that?, then it speaks volumes about the state of the Viking franchise.

  11. blackqbwhiterb says: Apr 3, 2013 9:13 AM

    Who’s AD?……

    Agreed this would be a good move if the Redskins can sign him relatively cheaply to a one or two year deal, they nee the help in that backfield, and this may be the perfect fit until the young guys develop/more young guys are brought in…

  12. andylucksneck says: Apr 3, 2013 9:13 AM

    Don’t forget Merriweather is still there. With Winfield there this could be a very good secondary. I wouldn’t go so far as to say great, but very good. I hope he ends in in burgundy and gold.

    HTTR!!!!!

  13. gtodriver says: Apr 3, 2013 9:31 AM

    “At this point in his career, [Winfield] wants to win, and [Washington] has made moves to further solidify the roster, and re-signing Hall only helps,” a source close to Winfield told Mike Jones of the Washington Post. “Their games complement each other.”

    Why would he want to go to Washington if he wants to win?

    Didn’t he watch the playoff game where RGIII shredded his knee?

    Not saying that Griffin won’t play in 2013, but right now it’s Kirk Cousins and Rex Grossman at QB.

    The Vikings went just as far in the playoffs as the Redskins last year and have 6 selections in the first 4 rounds – including 2 first round picks. The Redskins have 3 picks in the first 4 rounds, and none in the first round.

  14. logicailvoicesays says: Apr 3, 2013 9:49 AM

    All you need to know is here. “At this point in his career, [Winfield] wants to win”. Players who want to win want to play for the Redskins because the Redskins are the most dominant team in NFL history. Players who want Super Bowl rings want to play for the Redskins. HTTR.

  15. whiskeywaters says: Apr 3, 2013 9:53 AM

    I may still be one of the “Viking Hopefuls” but I just can’t see him finishing his career out East. Hopefully, this is just fluff coming out of the Winfield camp so they can squeeze a little more money out of the Wilfs

  16. vikesgod28 says: Apr 3, 2013 9:57 AM

    blackqbwhiterb says: Apr 3, 2013 9:13 AM

    Who’s AD?……

    I hope you’re joking. If not you don’t belong on this website…

  17. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Apr 3, 2013 10:01 AM

    Antoine, swallow your pride and come back to the Vikings. Your kid wants to finish high school here.

  18. boyshole25 says: Apr 3, 2013 10:07 AM

    Jackson is still there too

  19. filthymcnasty1 says: Apr 3, 2013 10:27 AM

    Antoine is in a better place, now that he’s rid himself of the hapless, tasteless Vikings.

  20. garryjercia says: Apr 3, 2013 11:10 AM

    Don’t doubt the skins. They might have made questionable personnel calls in the past, but they’ve got the best cap guys in the league. They can squeeze money out of empty seats.

  21. purpleguy says: Apr 3, 2013 11:29 AM

    If I were Winfield, I’d be hesitant to sign with the team that dumped him too. But if he wants to make a legit playoff run, why the Redskins? Their best player is coming off knee surgery and it’s not like they are a stalwart playoff contender. I wonder if they are using this as a smokescreen to sign with a legit playoff contender. And before all the Skins fans get in a feathered tizzy, I hardly believe my team is a Super Bowl contender either.

  22. vikingsgohard says: Apr 3, 2013 12:07 PM

    Lets keep it real!!… Vikes asked the aging CB to restructure his 7.5mll contract and he said no? Winfield left the Vikings with no choice but to cut him … Let him test the waters an maybe come back for that 3mll they offered initially …my question is why have they not ask Allen or Williams to do the same

  23. davem23 says: Apr 3, 2013 12:18 PM

    These Vikings fans are making confusing arguements, on one hand they are touting AD and in the next breath they state the Skins best player is coming off a knee injury. One a running back and the other a QB. Same injury, worked out pretty good for AD and RG3 is 5 years younger.

    I think because I don’t know for sure, but I believe that Winfield is referrencing the style of defense schematically better fits his skill set, more man – less zone.

  24. theclaim says: Apr 3, 2013 1:16 PM

    purpleguy says:
    Apr 3, 2013 11:29 AM
    If I were Winfield, I’d be hesitant to sign with the team that dumped him too. But if he wants to make a legit playoff run, why the Redskins? Their best player is coming off knee surgery and it’s not like they are a stalwart playoff contender. I wonder if they are using this as a smokescreen to sign with a legit playoff contender. And before all the Skins fans get in a feathered tizzy, I hardly believe my team is a Super Bowl contender either.

     How do you even keep a straight face talking out both sides of your mouth? Didn’t YOUR best player come off a blown knee last SEASON? Me thinks you are still bitter it happened in OUR house. Gomes wasn’t trying to hurt AD. Just happened, that said didn’t AD carry the Vikes to a berth last year? And 2,000 plus yds? Your predictions of future playoff “stalwarts” makes you come off as a type of Nostradumbass. My team WILL be in the playoffs AGAIN this upcoming season whether it’s RGIII or Kirks Cousin I have full faith we will be a contender. My best friend is a Vikes fan, I do follow the team closely. I WANT Winfeild and am EXCITED to hear of the mutual interest by him. Come to DC Toine. Maybe he’s had enough in Minnie because of too many negative attitude bearing fans? Just a guess, don’t get in a horned tizzy. The Redskins WILL make the playoffs as NFC East repeat champs!

  25. skinsdiehard says: Apr 3, 2013 1:17 PM

    If he wants to win, he’s come to the right place. Hail….kiss the rings!

  26. koolrepetoire says: Apr 3, 2013 2:05 PM

    If Winfield signs, this has to mean Hall moves to FS. Schematically viewing this, hmm Biggers at LCB & Winfield covering the slot, Hall would be the fastest FS in the NFL. Isn’t it wild how you think about your real life team & how they’ll look on Madden games? On Madden, Hall 97 SPD @ FS, Biggers 94 SPD @ CB, Winfield 90 OVR & 97 AWR @ CB. In reality, Coach Morris wants to press more & that should lead to more takeaways with Rak, Kerrigan, & Tapp coming.

  27. peytonsneck18 says: Apr 3, 2013 4:14 PM

    he must want to finish his career on a losing team if he chooses the Failedskins

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