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Report: Seahawks, Antoine Winfield nearing contract

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Could a strong Seahawks secondary become even more formidable?

It appears that way. According to ESPN’s Ed Werder, the Seahawks are “closing in on” an agreement with ex-Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield.

The Vikings released Winfield in March but wanted him to return. However, a reunion doesn’t look to be in the cards, according to Werder’s report.

Now, the Seattle secondary looks to be adding one of the best cornerbacks left in free agency, a player who notched 101 tackles and intercepted three passes a season ago for Minnesota. The 35-year-old Winfield brings more playmaking ability to a secondary that already features cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner and safeties Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas.

UPDATE 10:59 p.m. ET: NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that both Minnesota and Seattle are still in the mix for Winfield.

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  1. kylexitron says: Apr 10, 2013 7:30 PM

    Is there anyone left in Minnesota or are they all in Seattle now?

  2. liddogg33 says: Apr 10, 2013 7:30 PM

    My oh my this is gonna be a fun couple years!!!!

  3. jayovalentine says: Apr 10, 2013 7:32 PM

    Yes !!! Dream Team 2.0 !!!

  4. olyhawk says: Apr 10, 2013 7:32 PM

    The hawks are down right filthy, and very hungry.

  5. ieverviking says: Apr 10, 2013 7:33 PM

    Big mistake by the Vikings. They should have restructured Jared Allen and Kevin Williams contract to sign or restructure Winfield’s.

  6. vikesfansteve says: Apr 10, 2013 7:34 PM

    Good luck in Seattle! Great player, will be missed.

  7. paulcanavati says: Apr 10, 2013 7:34 PM

    I really don’t understand how Seattle has so much money to spend on players

  8. The Mayor says: Apr 10, 2013 7:36 PM

    Well, if there is one thing that every championship contender needs, it is a 35 year old CB.

  9. 9ersfaithful says: Apr 10, 2013 7:36 PM

    I have to admit, Seattle’s secondary is pretty nasty. Probably the best in the NFL right now. The SF-SEA matchups are going to be so much fun to watch this season!

  10. bigbaldpapahawk says: Apr 10, 2013 7:36 PM

    Wow. Get this done.

  11. cacksman says: Apr 10, 2013 7:37 PM

    Championship

  12. cags777 says: Apr 10, 2013 7:39 PM

    I am disappointed, but not surprised. The way he was dismissed from the Vikings (particularly, Rick Spielman) was ridiculous and embarrassing. I get the fact that the NFL is a business. But this move made no business sense and potentially sets up the coach and his staff for failure. I hope that Winfield can make a Super Bowl run and win a ring. It couldn’t happen to a classy professional.

  13. vik3z says: Apr 10, 2013 7:48 PM

    the best secondary in football got better. congratulations seattle fans, you guys got yourselves one of the most underrated great players in the last 10 years.

    good luck Antoine, you will be missed in Minny.

  14. seaeagle707 says: Apr 10, 2013 7:48 PM

    There is absolutely no truth to the rumor that Seahawks unis will soon feature purple as an additional color. We’re just grabbing the players, not merging with the company.

  15. nineroutsider says: Apr 10, 2013 7:55 PM

    Even though he is old he can give them a few decent years back there in the nickel. This secondary is insanely loaded!

  16. darkneptune73 says: Apr 10, 2013 7:56 PM

    That does it. Time for the Vikings to head down to Seattle this fall and punch them right in their mouths.

  17. revhein says: Apr 10, 2013 7:57 PM

    The rich get richer. Winfield in the slot. wow

  18. hasselbeck8 says: Apr 10, 2013 7:57 PM

    The Seattle Seahawks of Minneapolis

  19. greengayfackers says: Apr 10, 2013 7:58 PM

    if anybody is deserving of a ring, its Antoine. best of luck sir.

  20. revhein says: Apr 10, 2013 7:58 PM

    Trufant on the chopping block?

  21. knucklehead93 says: Apr 10, 2013 8:04 PM

    Love to have him back in Minnesota!!

    But if not, wish him the best. He’s truly one of the greats.

  22. chawks1 says: Apr 10, 2013 8:08 PM

    Trufant hasn’t been resigned so he’s definitely gone. No doubt! Even without acquiring Winfield. Love this move by the Hawks! And we haven’t even drafted yet! NFC Best baby!

  23. hawkforlife says: Apr 10, 2013 8:10 PM

    Nice!

  24. hittinhawks says: Apr 10, 2013 8:13 PM

    Seattle hasnt spent a lot of money this offseason when you look at the contracts. All of these are wise calculated moves by a pretty impressive front office if you ask me. Keep working your magic John Schnieder GO HAWKS

  25. seatownballers says: Apr 10, 2013 8:13 PM

    You can have asomugha, we’ll take Winfield

  26. duncanthecat says: Apr 10, 2013 8:16 PM

    Irregardless of the signing. If their small QB goes down for the season and with nothing behind him, Season Over.

    Seahawks need to trade picks or draft a QB in the
    1st round and hope he can step in under pressure.

    Between their back-up QB(Quinn) and a mediocre OL, I would not bet the farm on this scenario.

    Lots of these signings appear to be window dressing while the real depth needs are lacking.

    For their sake, hope they get lucky in the draft; otherwise, we may be seeing Philly West.

  27. bert1913 says: Apr 10, 2013 8:18 PM

    as long as trufant is gone, i’ll be happy

  28. theawkwardyears says: Apr 10, 2013 8:18 PM

    This must be pay back for them stealing Hutchinson.

  29. ickky says: Apr 10, 2013 8:19 PM

    Damn. Vikes, and fans will miss him.

  30. payton2kemp says: Apr 10, 2013 8:21 PM

    Great move! Now all we need is Adrian Peterson and then we can move on to another team.

  31. spideysdog says: Apr 10, 2013 8:26 PM

    the NFC West just continues to get stronger. my Hawks and the Whiners have easily built the two best rosters in football and St. Louis is quickly improving and has two first round picks this year and next thanks to RGKnee. let the battle royale begin in the NFC West.

  32. purplepride67 says: Apr 10, 2013 8:30 PM

    Jared Allen will make 15 million, AP about 11, and Kevin Williams 8. These guys couldnt cough up 8-10% of their income to keep Antoine who played better then all of them last year? Best of luck in Seattle Antoine.

  33. hawkforlife says: Apr 10, 2013 8:34 PM

    I keep reading detractors saying, “small QB” yet he’s 5’11” and 206 lbs.

    Drew Brees is 6′ 209 lbs. He’s been around awhile.

    Those stats come from ESPN’s stat sheets so not inflated by the Hawks.

  34. joeybrownerguy says: Apr 10, 2013 8:36 PM

    Incredibly smart, great instincts, fantastic tackler, and pound-for-pound one of the toughest dudes I’ve ever seen since I started watching football 40 years ago. We will miss you Antoine.

  35. sweetnlow44 says: Apr 10, 2013 8:36 PM

    This is a great addition. What will be interesting is to see if Browner can keep his starting spot this season. Thurmond and Lane are too talented to keep on the bench.

  36. spideysdog says: Apr 10, 2013 8:37 PM

    the “how does Seattle have all this money” comments continue….. lol

    it’s simple. our qb is a 400k cap hit, not a 21 million dollar hit. we are young and have a shrewd gm.

    go hawks.

  37. skins1970 says: Apr 10, 2013 8:46 PM

    I still think he will sign with the Skins.

  38. urcrap says: Apr 10, 2013 8:53 PM

    Seattle Seahawks aka Minnesota Vikings West. MVW all in to make the run. Hope Winfield finishes well. D Snyder in Redskin land found he couldn’t buy his way to the SB, but Bud Grant understudy PC knows how to coach his Vikings. SKOL SeaKings!!

  39. offthelows says: Apr 10, 2013 8:53 PM

    Vikings West, and I’m Ponder-ing a reason for this migratory flight out of Minnesota

  40. ozymandias121 says: Apr 10, 2013 8:58 PM

    This signing looks like Adderall insurance.

  41. dfeltuc says: Apr 10, 2013 9:01 PM

    The biggest mistake he will ever make is Spurning the Skins. We Building a Dynasty over here. The same Dynasty that would have continued to dominate the Seahawks with a healthy R G III. You girls can have all the offseason notiriaty but we will see how well it gels on the field. You see how that worked out for the Eagles last year. With our whole starting core unit back plus a few Upgrades we will see who has the last laugh. Revenge is going to be So So Sweet!!! REDSKINS FOR LIFE!!!

  42. emoney826 says: Apr 10, 2013 9:10 PM

    Well at least Minnesota has Greg Jennings lol.

  43. squared80 says: Apr 10, 2013 9:18 PM

    “Big mistake by the Vikings. They should have restructured Jared Allen and Kevin Williams contract to sign or restructure Winfield’s.”

    Seriously? Winfield refused a pay cut, which is why he got released. So they should go ask Allen and Williams to take a pay cut and piss them off too? Get a clue.

  44. vikinganswer says: Apr 10, 2013 9:23 PM

    don’t even begin to compare Wilson to Brees. Its not even close. Take off your hawk-colored glasses.

    hawkforlife says: Apr 10, 2013 8:34 PM

    I keep reading detractors saying, “small QB” yet he’s 5’11″ and 206 lbs.

    Drew Brees is 6′ 209 lbs. He’s been around awhile.

    Those stats come from ESPN’s stat sheets so not inflated by the Hawks

  45. asherallencanttackle says: Apr 10, 2013 9:25 PM

    A tremendous loss for the Vikings secondary. The best tackling DB in the NFL. A class guy and a great leader. There is not a DB in the draft or left in free agency that will have a better season than he does. I will now watch (again) the play he made against Vick and the heavily favored Eagles on the road when the Vikings had nothing to play for. That play exemplifies what a great player he is. Cut him but keep Sherels…dumb move.

  46. jprcox says: Apr 10, 2013 9:27 PM

    Considering how well Lane played when Sherman was out, this seems odd. Not because they didn’t need someone in the backfield, but I would have thought Lane would’ve slid into the nickel this year, and then they would have a 4th DB in case of injury etc.

    Winfield is too good and too expensive to plan for a 4th position, so he will certainly be the nickel back. I guess Lane will spend another year at #4 – but I thought he played well enough to move up this year.

    This will be an insane backfield this year. I mean Seattle v SF will be must see TV.

  47. jayhawk777 says: Apr 10, 2013 9:41 PM

    Bevell must have some serious pull in the front office. Sidney Rice won’t be on the squad past 2013 and winfield will last for 2 SB victories. Only harvin is long term. Hawks are looking dyno-mite!! Great time to be a die-hard hawk fan!

  48. operwapitsai says: Apr 10, 2013 9:42 PM

    from those in Minnesota I hear this is just another case of the agent putting rumors out there to get Minnesota to raise their offer

  49. vikeshave0titles says: Apr 10, 2013 9:46 PM

    I think its hilarious that this site allows posts by someone named “greengayfackers” but doesn’t allow posts pointing out Florio is an idiot for saying JJ Watt throws a baseball hard(at a blistering 77 mph).

  50. banlarson says: Apr 10, 2013 9:50 PM

    Classiest guy in the NFL and probably the most underrated player. He’s been nothing but spectacular in MN. Sad to see him go, but glad he isn’t playing against us in NFC North.

    Perfect fit for him in Seattle and will help Percy feel a bit more at home. I’m sure Spielman regrets how he handled Antoine. Could have done it with much more class…Winfield deserved that much.

  51. vikeshave0titles says: Apr 10, 2013 9:51 PM

    Green “gay” fackers doesn’t violate the rules of the website? Are you boosters of the Rutgers basketball program?

  52. banlarson says: Apr 10, 2013 9:52 PM

    Next year Seattle can have Kevin Williams and Jared Allen since there is no chance Vikes resign them. Might have to start watching the hawks play, I’ve got all their jerseys, just wrong color.

  53. FlyFromTheInside says: Apr 10, 2013 9:55 PM

    Once Webster gets hurt, its all over for the Seahags

  54. bigbenh8tr says: Apr 10, 2013 10:07 PM

    wow that’s some depth. scary division w the rams developing talent and tons of draft picks thanks to the redskins. can’t wait til the season starts.

  55. Where's Bud Grant when you need him? says: Apr 10, 2013 10:23 PM

    For every great tackle there is a blown coverage. Such is life with a soon to be 36 year old CB who has lost more than a couple of steps. Great leader… But old and slow.

    And he turned down a request to restructure his contract before he was cut.

    Good luck Seattle.

  56. purpleguy says: Apr 10, 2013 10:33 PM

    Don’t blame him a bit — he’s got a better SB shot in his last year playing with the Hawks. They seem pretty dang obsessed with our players though, even the ones that no longer have downfild coverage wheels but are great in the slot against the run.

  57. funshipm174 says: Apr 10, 2013 10:39 PM

    As a Vikings fan, I just want to thank Antoine for playing great and leaving it all on the field.

  58. hawkfanntx says: Apr 10, 2013 10:39 PM

    After Richard Shermans’ comments today it is definitely Adderall insurance. Unless he decided not to take his meds… then his ADD or narcolepsy kicked in.

  59. jdubb84 says: Apr 10, 2013 10:48 PM

    People who say we’re trying to be Vikings. Uhm pretty sure Seattle is just damn better all around. (Besides run game) pat yourselfs on the back

  60. kyledunivan says: Apr 10, 2013 10:55 PM

    As much as I hate Seattle and san Fran I just hope Seattle prevents san Fran from getting back to the super bowl for the next few years the cowboys are going to win another one before san Francisco still think Russell Wilson is the most overrrated player in the league though

  61. ad28bestever says: Apr 10, 2013 10:57 PM

    Relax, the most recent report said that Winfield was deciding between the Vikings and Seahawks and that the situation was very fluid.

    Until it is announced by the team or Winfield, its not a done deal by any means. Remember 2 weeks ago this same thing was said about Winfield and the Redskins and look where that wound up.

    I still think that Winfield wants to be a Viking, and I just hope that they can work something out for him to stay.

  62. thebigyuup says: Apr 10, 2013 11:16 PM

    Hawks for Super Bowl Champs this year. Cmon RWilson, prove all those idiot analysts wrong about how they thought you were, “too short to be a successful QB in the NFL.” RWill is awesome. Go Hawks.

  63. wholelottaawesome says: Apr 10, 2013 11:21 PM

    Winfield is awesome against the run and will fill the nickel position well. It’s interesting that none of the younger guys are trusted to fill that but this guy is maybe the surest tackler in any secondary. Sad to see Tru go but this is a pretty clear message he is done. Makes me think LB and D line in the draft after this move. This is a Kapernick move for sure.

  64. seahawksteven777 says: Apr 10, 2013 11:24 PM

    At this rate, Adrian Peterson may be the next Seahawk in a few years.

  65. chawk12thman says: Apr 10, 2013 11:45 PM

    While not in stone yet, love the move if it can be finalized. Update says Vikings are still in the mix. I hope that isn’t the case or that the Seahawks have an offer more than the Vikings are willing to offer. Standing by…….

    Go Hawks!

  66. pappavike says: Apr 10, 2013 11:55 PM

    Putting all these new players in uniform doesn’t mean they win more games!! It does however mean there are alot more ego’s in the Seahawks locker room!! If Winfield wants to go out with the Seahawks? Then let him go!!

  67. darkneptune73 says: Apr 11, 2013 12:19 AM

    I’m taking bets on whether the Seahawks go after Jared Allen in 2014?

  68. dtrb10 says: Apr 11, 2013 12:20 AM

    He will remain a Viking. His kids grew up here and he likes the community. The Vikes are now gonna have to pay more than they wanted to but we need to keep him.

  69. jrmbadger says: Apr 11, 2013 12:27 AM

    And a bad pass defense gets worse. The vikings were 24th in pass defense last year (yeah that’s right Viking fans, behind even the Packer defense that you love to malign).

    Aaron Rodgers is smiling thinking of that mess of a secondary the Vikings have that he gets to carve up twice a year.

    But hey, look at the positive – at least you overpaid again for an aging WR. Of course not that it matters much when you have a QB that couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn with a semi.

  70. bobby2478 says: Apr 11, 2013 12:29 AM

    Seriously? ANOTHER Viking goes to Seattle? I think they took the whole Hutchinson poison pill thing a little too seriously. Burleson, Rice, TJack, Harvin, Winfield. There’s gotta be a couple more in there too somewhere….

    In all seriousness, best of luck to Winfield wherever he ends up. He’s been nothing but a true pro, too bad the Vikes didn’t do more to keep him and make room for him. They could have approached both Allen, Williams and Winfield about restructuring but they never approached any of them. A big loss to the Vikes secondary.

  71. themackstrong says: Apr 11, 2013 12:44 AM

    Would be an excellent pick up for nickel CB with Thurmond having trouble staying healthy. AW still may pick the Vikings and everyone would understand because the fans there love him and he’s been there how many years. Love that our GM is looking at him but I wouldn’t be upset if our young guys got a chance. Trufant needs to retire a Hawk right now.

  72. dougy1970 says: Apr 11, 2013 2:13 AM

    It was payback for the Hutchinson poison pill … and a lot of other things. Vikings fans just have to sit there and take it.

  73. vikingsvoice says: Apr 11, 2013 8:20 AM

    I can’t help but think the Skins used Winfield to leverage DeAngelo Hall re-signing for less money and in turn, Winfield is using the Seahawks to leverage more money out of the Vikings. I don’t think he has any desire to leave Minnesota.

    In Minnesota, he’d be a needed playmaker. In Seattle, his output would decline significantly. He racked up tackles last year b/c he was the best CB on the field with only one LB who can tackle, Chad Greenway. In Seattle, he’ll be competing against superior CB’s and LB’s to make all those plays.

  74. ourseahawks80 says: Apr 11, 2013 10:00 AM

    I see all these haters still hating on the best team in football SEATTLE SEAHAWKS. Winfield was a Buffalo Bill so you Vikings nerds need to listen up… He was a Bill that the Vikings signed. Now he’s a SEAHAWK because he knows the only chance at the trophy is in Seattle

  75. rmbriggs80 says: Apr 11, 2013 3:01 PM

    The Seahawks were smart managing their cap and are taking an opportunistic approach to FA because of the lack of talent in this years draft.

    It doesn’t guarantee a trip to the SB but it does give us Seattle fans something to be excited about. Oklahoma took the Sonics from us, the Mariners are currently amidst their first winning season in forever(knock on wood) and, as you all love to point out, the lackluster history of our NFL team.

    So all this attention directed towards the Pacific Northwest is welcome with open arms. Please keep hating on us!

    …and to all you Niner fans: I’d be scared too :*(

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