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Frazier wants Winfield to know the Vikings want him back

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The news that free agent cornerback Antoine Winfield is expected to visit the Seahawks this week has led Vikings coach Leslie Frazier to reiterate to Winfield that he’s wanted back in Minnesota.

Frazier told the St. Paul Pioneer Press on Sunday that he has regularly called and texted Winfield in the four weeks since the Vikings released him, just to let him know that they would still like to have him on the team if they can come to terms on a new contract.

“We’re all human,” Frazier said. “We all like to know we’re wanted. I’ve tried to make that clear to him. I’ll let him know, ‘If you’ve got any questions, you know how to reach me.'”

Winfield, who will turn 36 in June, may not be quite the same player as he was in his prime, but he’s still good enough that at least three teams — the Vikings, Seahawks and Redskins — are known to be interested in his services.

“I don’t know what direction he’s leaning, but I’m hoping he’ll come back and be a Viking,” Frazier said.

The Vikings are likely to address their secondary needs in the draft regardless of whether they’ve reached a deal with Winfield.

“With or without Antoine, we would have to look at bringing some guys in, in this draft,” Frazier said.

But that need will become greater if Frazier can’t convince Winfield to come back.

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20 Responses to “Frazier wants Winfield to know the Vikings want him back”
  1. slashrageblog says: Apr 8, 2013 7:45 AM

    If he wanted him back that bad, he wouldn’t have let him walk.

  2. dan3rd says: Apr 8, 2013 7:55 AM

    If Minnesota doesn’t get him signed done before he visits Seattle, I think a contract with the Seahawks is a done deal.

  3. gbmickey says: Apr 8, 2013 8:25 AM

    Why not Seattle? Much better shot at winning the big game before he retires than in Minnesota.

  4. whatjusthapped says: Apr 8, 2013 8:39 AM

    The only thing that counts is what Winfield wants. He wants to go out on top and play for a contender.

    That’s why he is talking to the Deadskins and Seahawks and not the Vikings. This isn’t rocket science folks, its easy to figure out.

  5. filthymcnasty1 says: Apr 8, 2013 8:51 AM

    The way the hapless, tasteless vikings know that they want someone back is by cutting them.

  6. roylp says: Apr 8, 2013 9:11 AM

    First off inns skins fan, but as for the guy saying he wouldn’t of let him go if he wanted him so bad. We’ll to that I say it’s sometimes bigger than the head coach. I believe he didn’t have a choice the cap his was just way to much for keeping him.

  7. Where's Bud Grant when you need him? says: Apr 8, 2013 9:18 AM

    He’s old and slow and for every great tackle there is a blown coverage. His speed just simply isn’t what it needs to be and he has to rely on being in the right position and playing zone to have any impact. One on one he’s a liability and everyone who’s watched him play over the last couple of years knows it.

    In addition, he hasn’t been able to stay healthy and stay on the field.

    It’s time to let him play for someone else despite his positive locker room impact and coach on the field abilities. It happens to every once great player.

    Sure it’s sad and a blow to the ego to get cut but it is the nature of the game.

  8. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Apr 8, 2013 9:33 AM

    If Frazier has been talking to him for the last four weeks, then I don’t think it was the news that Winfield is going to visit Seattle that led him to reiterate that he wants him back.

  9. len462 says: Apr 8, 2013 9:37 AM

    Let’s also not forget that most coaches do not have final say in these decisions.

  10. purpleguy says: Apr 8, 2013 10:46 AM

    I wonder how much say Leslie actually had in Winfield’s release. Again, as much as it pains me to say, if Winfield is playing only one more year and wants the best shot at making the SB, he should sign with the Hawks.

  11. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Apr 8, 2013 11:15 AM

    I must admit that, on paper, it looks like Seattle has a great shot at winning a Super Bowl. But how often does it work out that the team that signs a bunch of big-name free agents winds up having that kind of success? It seems like every year there’s at least one team that disappoints after adding a “dream team” of free agents.

  12. wilsonwillbreaku says: Apr 8, 2013 12:59 PM

    If he comes to Seattle he isn’t getting any guaranteed money…he’d be another one year deal and may not even make the roster if Schneider grabs a corner in the draft. Better for him to stay in Minny.

  13. bornking24 says: Apr 8, 2013 2:04 PM

    He’ll be good wherever he goes. Hawks and Skins fans need to pipe down because the Vikes made playoffs last year and just entered themselves into the playoff contendees. They are no better team than the Vikes when they were all basically wild card entrants. YES EVEN THE SKINS cause a playoff spot with a record of 10-6 doesn’t really cut it cause Vikes were 10-6 despite having the hardest games, the second half of their 2012-2013 season.

  14. petersonhandshake says: Apr 8, 2013 2:22 PM

    Winfield can cover in the slot, and when he is blitzing and attacking he can make splash plays like Charles Woodson. I don’t know why but the Vikes D-coordinator didn’t blitz him at all last year.

  15. seals1 says: Apr 8, 2013 3:36 PM

    Winfield was due to make 2 mil more this year than some of the top young CB’s were signing for this offseason so it shows the Vikings understand the market. Understanding that the vikes needed to make a splash at WR (Jennings) is why it had to happen. The Vikes would be over the cap today with that same contract. Winfield does not want to win that badly in MN this year if he was happier with his cash than a WR that can gain seperation.

    He knows he will not make the same money but he will go to Seattle to prove a point to MN.

    Good Luck Winny- We still love you and your game dog.

  16. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Apr 8, 2013 4:11 PM

    Rick Spielman is a Magician says:Apr 8, 2013 11:15 AM

    I must admit that, on paper, it looks like Seattle has a great shot at winning a Super Bowl. But how often does it work out that the team that signs a bunch of big-name free agents winds up having that kind of success? It seems like every year there’s at least one team that disappoints after adding a “dream team” of free agents

    ————

    Didn’t that happen in 2009? Didn’t some team bring in some QB who’s a lock for the Hall of Fame? And, didn’t that QB throw a bone-headed interception across his body and toward the middle of the field and take his team out of field goal range? Costing them a shot at the Super Bowl? Or something like that…

  17. lnfinite says: Apr 8, 2013 4:15 PM

    I would like to see AW back but not at 7mill. Even he knows that and we do not need to see fake packler fans crapping up the joint about it. Crap all over your own stories, hint, hint…..

  18. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Apr 8, 2013 4:32 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:Apr 8, 2013 4:11 PM

    Rick Spielman is a Magician says:Apr 8, 2013 11:15 AM

    I must admit that, on paper, it looks like Seattle has a great shot at winning a Super Bowl. But how often does it work out that the team that signs a bunch of big-name free agents winds up having that kind of success? It seems like every year there’s at least one team that disappoints after adding a “dream team” of free agents

    ————

    Didn’t that happen in 2009? Didn’t some team bring in some QB who’s a lock for the Hall of Fame? And, didn’t that QB throw a bone-headed interception across his body and toward the middle of the field and take his team out of field goal range? Costing them a shot at the Super Bowl? Or something like that…
    _____

    Yeah, because signing one future Hall of Famer is the same as signing a bunch of castoffs from other teams and trading your future for a malcontent wide receiver. Good point.

  19. buhbay1c says: Apr 8, 2013 6:51 PM

    Haven’t heard from Carl Gerbschmidt in a while. I wonder if he knows filthymcnasty is trying to pass him as the biggest douche Vikings thread troll.

  20. brobokil says: Apr 9, 2013 1:42 PM

    Lol Rick Spielman. Thank you. Thumbs up is so much quicker than having to write it yourself.

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