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More teams trying to get into the mix for Winfield

Chicago Bears receiver Devin Hester grabs the face mask of Minnesota Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield in Minneapolis Reuters

While there was a report yesterday that Antoine Winfield was close to a deal with the Seahawks, other teams are trying to get involved as well.

According to Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times, one or two more “contenders” are trying to get into the mix for Winfield’s services as well, and no deal is imminent.

The Vikings are trying to mend fences to retain him, and the Redskins have shown interest.

But unlike a lot of unemployed guys who seem eager to jump on the first thing smoking, the 35-year-old Winfield seems willing to slow-play this one, and it’s resulted in having plenty of teams show interest.

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  1. vik3z says: Apr 11, 2013 10:36 AM

    why wouldnt contenders be in play for the best slot cornerback/the best run defending corner in the NFL.

    look at ProFootballFocus’ stats, winfield’s run defense skills are better than most linebackers and the guy is 5’10 180lbs. he shuts down half of the field in a different way than revis or sherman but to the same effect

  2. tjacks7 says: Apr 11, 2013 10:39 AM

    Geez the Vikings are stupid. This guy is the best corner in the league in run support and is going to be a very good nickel CB for someone. Seattle is a perfect fit for him.

    Thanks Speilman! Bum.

  3. mikeakrem says: Apr 11, 2013 10:49 AM

    I prefer the Seahawks use the draft and stay young while they are at it. Though Winfield I have always admired his game play. All in all, there should be some great talent in the draft like last year for the Seahawks.

  4. benihana10 says: Apr 11, 2013 10:52 AM

    Good for him! As a Vikings fan, as much as I want him back I’m happy he seems to be obtaining the attention he deserves. Winfield has always been one of my favorite Vikings, a total team player and a respected leader in the locker room.

    I get we needed to clear cap space, but right after we make a big trade to get rid of someone who doesn’t want to be here, it seems like BS to me to throw a team player and leader like Winfield under the bus surprising cutting him an hour before the start of free agency. The guy deserves better!

    Wish him the best of luck and hope he gets the contract he deserves.

  5. ringwormsherm says: Apr 11, 2013 11:04 AM

    You want a ring? Come to Seattle!

  6. njdet says: Apr 11, 2013 11:23 AM

    I would love to see the Lions show some interest in him. Probably a little out of their price range though. Winfield is tough and I love the way he can come up and stop the run.

  7. 2ruefan says: Apr 11, 2013 12:00 PM

    Love how all Seattle fans (after ONE good season) believe their chances of a “Championship” are in set in stone now. As in saying to players “Come here if you want a championship”….

    Too funny. Fans truly are “Fanatical”..

    Here’s a brief history for you..
    -Been in the league for 36 years
    -Reached the playoffs 11 times
    -.482 Winning Percentage
    -Been to the Superbowl 1 time

    Really folks.. the odds are SO LOW that any particular team can be predicted to win a championship no matter how talented…

  8. realskipbayless says: Apr 11, 2013 12:01 PM

    I wouldn’t mind cincy taking a look at him. But that prob won’t happen.

  9. liddogg33 says: Apr 11, 2013 12:18 PM

    Winfield represents a definitive need for a championship contender and will inevitably take seattle’s offer. Simply because at this stage of his career he has earned the right to compete for a chance at a ring. All the thumbs down in the world won’t change the simple fact that the Seahawks are building what is becoming the very scariest team in the league and if they happen to get homefield advantage it really is Game,set, and MATCH!!! Come on twan join the REVOLUTION!!!!

    GO HAWKS!!!

  10. pdway says: Apr 11, 2013 12:20 PM

    I’m convinced by all the positive words on him from all you Vikings fans – – make it happen Hawks. Seems like a great fit to me as well.

  11. muskyhunter2542 says: Apr 11, 2013 12:28 PM

    The Seahags never should have even seen the playoffs. The replacement refs really helped them along as they should have lost to Green Bay. If they called the play right.

  12. Where's Bud Grant when you need him? says: Apr 11, 2013 12:29 PM

    Again, I really like Winfield but let’s be realistic because for every amazing tackle he makes, he gives up an easy completion.

    Old and slow isn’t what you want covering the slot receiver. Not even a tight end.

    He’s had a great career but let’s no think that he’s in his prime. Far from it.

    Add an injury history over the last few years and buyer beware.

    Lastly… he was offered a chance to restructure his contract and declined. So he got cut.

    Great leader on the field and in the locker room as I understand it. But not worth 7.25 million a year and refusing to restructure means you play some where else. Or you realize you don’t want to move your family and take the $2 mil you’re offered. It’s market value whether anyone likes it or not.

  13. dtrb10 says: Apr 11, 2013 12:40 PM

    Leverage! More CASH! Leslie loves him. He ain’t goin anywhere. See ya in Mankato in July! He will remain with the Purple!!!

  14. richturpin says: Apr 11, 2013 12:45 PM

    Even if Winfield does sign with Seattle, they will still be the second best team in the division. #49ers

    Keep in mind, the Seahawks trade for Percy Harvin, the Niners get Anquan Boldin…the Niners sign Asomugha, the Seahawks try and sign Winfield. Win for Niners on both fronts.

  15. purpleguy says: Apr 11, 2013 12:54 PM

    One thing no one talks about much is how good of a guy he is — calming influence on the field and in the locker room, mentor to younger players, mouthpiece to the coaches — just a solid dude. Too bad he’s 36 and slowing down.

  16. arrowdead says: Apr 11, 2013 12:54 PM

    I dont like Carroll or the Hawks but they r so fun to watch and any talk of them going to the Super Bowl is totally legitimate.

  17. supesfan34 says: Apr 11, 2013 12:56 PM

    2ruefan says:Apr 11, 2013 12:00 PM

    Love how all Seattle fans (after ONE good season) believe their chances of a “Championship” are in set in stone now. As in saying to players “Come here if you want a championship”….

    Too funny. Fans truly are “Fanatical”..

    Here’s a brief history for you..
    -Been in the league for 36 years
    -Reached the playoffs 11 times
    -.482 Winning Percentage
    -Been to the Superbowl 1 time

    Really folks.. the odds are SO LOW that any particular team can be predicted to win a championship no matter how talented…

    ———————————————————-

    Seriously?? You think ALL Seahawk fans think the championship is set in stone?

    Myself and most of my Hawk fan friends still believe that SF is the team to beat in the NFC West until proven otherwise. We do believe that Seattle has set themselves up to make a serious run at the title, but about 7 other teams can say that also.

    Just because half a dozen fans on a message board get a bit crazy over their team doesn’t mean the entire fanbase is delusional.

  18. allday38 says: Apr 11, 2013 1:03 PM

    First, Seattle would have made the playoffs regardless of the Green Bay game, get facts straight before you post.

    Second, the comment above, LMAO. Really, really, you’d rather have 32 year old Boldin, than 24 year old Harvin, just stop it.

    Third, as a Seahawks fan, I’m excited for this season. This is a fun time to be a Seahawks fan. The moves we’ve made put us in place for a strong season. But, big but, we play in a tough division with the defending NFC champions, and a good Rams team. Off season moves don’t ever mean anything unless, you play as a team (gel the new guys), avoid injuries at key spots, and find a little luck. I hope for a Super Bowl, but nothing is decided in April. Here’s to a great season for all your teams!!
    Go Hawks!!!

  19. themackstrong says: Apr 11, 2013 1:06 PM

    richturpin says: Apr 11, 2013 12:45 PM

    Keep in mind, the Seahawks trade for Percy Harvin, the Niners get Anquan Boldin…the Niners sign Asomugha, the Seahawks try and sign Winfield. Win for Niners on both fronts.

    ——————————————-

    Talk about delusional. Did you just say that 32 year old Boldin is better than Harvin? Did you watch the Eagles play last 2 years? There is a reason Nnamdi signed for nearly the minimum on a short term contract. Lets look at your 49ers losses. Goldsdon leaving the instant TD Dontae Whitner back there. RJF and Sopoaga and added 1st round bust Glenn Dorsey. Seattle added Arvil and Michael Bennett each around 10 sacks a game. Can’t wait for the next beatdown so we can empty that 49er bandwagon. Got extremely full in the last 2 years. Send San Fran & Gonzo back to the basement because the Rams & Seattle will both overtake them.

  20. hotrod37 says: Apr 11, 2013 1:50 PM

    “whew, I still gotta chance.”
    -Marcus Trufant.

  21. spideysdog says: Apr 11, 2013 2:12 PM

    supesfan,

    Roflmao….. you have got to be logicalvoicesays second account. 32 year old Anquan Boldin (who by the way, I’m a giant fan of) over a 25 year old Percy Harvin? wasn’t it the best rb in football tweeting about how he got punched in the stomach losing Harvin? Baltimore gave up Anquan for a 7th round pick.

    here’s the reality. we took a team that went 11-5 last year with wins over Minn, GB, NE, Dallas, Wash AND a 30 point trouncing of the NFC champion 49ers to start. we lost Doug Baldwin, and added Percy Harvin. That kiddo, is called upgrade. We lost Chris Clemons to the ACL for the first few games possibly and brought in Cliff Avril AND Michael Bennett. Again, win. we let Truant go, and are close to picking up Winfield. Yet another giant upgrade.

    are games won on paper? nope. I don’t see Hawk fans saying they are. but do the moves you make in the off-season affect your season? of course they do. us and the Whiners are about to have one hell of a slugfest.

    you may not be able to predict championships in the off-season, but you can sire predict who does and does not have a chance. Jax, Cle, Cin, Mia, Ariz, Phi, Tenn, Car….. their not hosting the Lombardi in February 2014, I’d stake my home on it.

    Sea, SF, NE, GB, Bal, Pitt, Den….. all can say they got a shot. A legitimate one. I’m just excited my Hawks are in that group.

  22. vikesfansteve says: Apr 11, 2013 2:56 PM

    Seahawks fans be aware that he can not keep up with fast wide receivers and gets burned deep often.

  23. rickytheviking says: Apr 11, 2013 4:15 PM

    I loved Winfield on the Vikes but seriously at 35
    he wasn’t worth 7 million this year.

    I am with the Vikings in this one

  24. dericivy says: Apr 11, 2013 4:17 PM

    2ruefan says: Apr 11, 2013 12:00 PM

    Love how all Seattle fans (after ONE good season) believe their chances of a “Championship” are in set in stone now. As in saying to players “Come here if you want a championship”….

    Too funny. Fans truly are “Fanatical”..

    Here’s a brief history for you..
    -Been in the league for 36 years
    -Reached the playoffs 11 times
    -.482 Winning Percentage
    -Been to the Superbowl 1 time

    Really folks.. the odds are SO LOW that any particular team can be predicted to win a championship no matter how talented…
    —————————————————–

    I don’t dare utter the SB word, no jinx.

    I am a Seattle fan, have been since five years old(’85), grandpa got me on them.

    It has not always been easy being a Seahawks fan, and we where treated accordingly by fans of other teams based on our teams performance and history.

    So please excuse some of the fans who are over excited, or lash out, for some it’s a time of retribution for the treatment they have endured, for others it’s a time of excitement and hope on a level never been seen with this franchise.

    It’s been bad luck for 36 years, with some very tough heartbreak.

    I look it at like this. We have never won the big one, and the longer it goes on with out us winning one, the more it seems to me the law of averages would balance out, giving us one.

    Right now, with this team, I feel it creeping up, I feel it could be our turn for the FIRST TIME EVER IN TEAM HISTORY.

    Maybe it will, maybe it wont.

    Just try to remember there are fans out there of teams that have never had the joy, and when those teams get in a position like Seattle is now, those fans want to capture as much of that moment as possible, because even if the team doesn’t win it all, at least it was another season of believing it could happen right up till the end.

    Balance will come for all.

  25. mlander12 says: Apr 11, 2013 4:58 PM

    I’ve gotta agree with dericivy and spideysdog. We’re Seattle fans, we’re the lowest of the low in professional sports. The last Pro champions we had were the Storm, before that it was the 1979 Sonics. We know intellectually that we’re nothing but a contender on paper, nothings over till it’s over. But if we ever have had a shot this year is shaping up to be it, and it’s driving us crazy, this season can’t start soon enough.

  26. knew8411 says: Apr 11, 2013 5:12 PM

    These Seahawks fans kill me. Does anyone else remember just 2 years ago, when the Eagles were the off season talk, and how great they were going to be, and how they were ging to win the Super Bowl etc. etc.
    Now they have dismantled the “Dream Team”.
    It is usually a good idea to at least wait until mid season, before you start talking smack!

  27. 13curtjp says: Apr 11, 2013 10:47 PM

    Seattle Seahawks = Minnesota Vikings West

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