Antoine Winfield agrees to one-year deal with Seahawks

AP

Free agent cornerback Antoine Winfield is heading to Seattle.

Winfield told Josina Anderson of ESPN that he has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Seahawks.

The 35-year-old Winfield was released by the Vikings a month ago in a move that saved Minnesota more than $7 million on the salary cap, but the Vikings were still interested in getting him back at a reduced price. Instead, Winfield, who started 15 games for the Vikings last season, has decided to go west.

“It was a very tough decision for me because of the relationships that I have in Minnesota,” Winfield told Anderson. “I’ve been there nine years. I’ve had some really great coaches, teammates and fans there. I’m very grateful to the Vikings organization for my experience.”

Seattle already had an outstanding pair of cornerbacks in Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner. Now they add a veteran who may have lost a step, but who still plays very well against the run and can cover slot receivers in nickel packages. This is another move that demonstrates the Seahawks are serious Super Bowl contenders in 2013.

166 responses to “Antoine Winfield agrees to one-year deal with Seahawks

  1. @themagicman1223

    …and your QB was a rookie who can’t be resigned till the end of his third season.

  2. Sorry to see him go. Classy professional who represented the best of the Minnesota Vikings. Good luck this year. If you make a playoff run, you had better win it all!

  3. if russell wilson takes another step forward this season you can basically pencil seattle in to host the nfc championship game.

  4. Great signing by Seahawks. Winfield has been one of my favourite Vikings, plays hard and a classy character and veteran leader. Good luck to him! Would love to have him stay, but things happen.

  5. Watch the legion of bandwagon Seahawks fans come in here and puff out their chest. He’s a 35 year old corner who stopped being “cover” about 3-4 years ago. He doesn’t move well and has been playing on a defense that hasn’t had to defend against the big play because Christian Ponder has been quarterback and teams haven’t needed it.

    If they’re going for the whole “veteran leader/chemistry guy” thing then yeah this is a decent signing but put it this way i’m kinda bummed as a Packer fan that Jordy Nelson won’t have this guy to torch 2 games a year next season

  6. This is also what happens when you sign a lot of players to short “prove-it” deals and not overpay like a lot of teams do. (i.e. Avril, Bennett, Winfield)

    Bet you Winfield will make right around the $3 million mark.

    The Seahawks, yes, have obviously been helped by their ridiculously cheap talent (QB/Secondary), but they also aren’t making crazy contract offers to FA’s just because in order to sign them. They let the market come to them.

  7. the team looks as stacked as any Hawks roster I can remember. still have to go out and win the games. all these signings definitely add a real level of pressure to the ’13 season.

    both excited and nervous about how far this team can get next season.

  8. As of now the top two teams in the NFC are the seahawks and Falcons. The falcons don’t quite have the defense to match either the seahawks or niners but their offense is spectacular. Injuries may change the way everything looks in november and december though

  9. As a Hawks fan, we’re very fortunate to have him. What an amazing defense the Seahawks have. One more LB, perhaps through the draft, and it could hardly be better. The offense, with the addition of Percy, is pretty stellar, too. And will Wilson take another step forward this season? Guaranteed! He just might be the hardest worker in football. Go ‘Hawks!

  10. Congrats seahawks-you got a great playmaker on the field and a class act off the field….. so wanted him to return to the Vikings / can’t blame him for not going back after the way they released him– …..he has a better shot at a ring with the seahawks anyway……

  11. they were successful by drafting and staying away from FA’s. This year they’re buying up FA’s left & right. Always looks good on paper but…..

    Should be a good year in the West!

  12. adoombray says:
    Apr 12, 2013 7:18 PM
    Watch the legion of bandwagon Seahawks fans come in here and puff out their chest. He’s a 35 year old corner who stopped being “cover” about 3-4 years ago. He doesn’t move well and has been playing on a defense that hasn’t had to defend against the big play because Christian Ponder has been quarterback and teams haven’t needed it.

    If they’re going for the whole “veteran leader/chemistry guy” thing then yeah this is a decent signing but put it this way i’m kinda bummed as a Packer fan that Jordy Nelson won’t have this guy to torch 2 games a year next season

    your so f-ing stupid it embarrasses me that i have to quote you.

    you dont have a clue what your talking about, against the packers he would never even be lined up against jordy nelson because the packers always use 3 WR sets and winfield moves inside when the vikes are in nickel defense. incase you didnt notice, seattle has 2 “cover” corners which is exactly why winfield is the perfect fit, he is the best slot corner in the league, and one of the best run defenders regardless of position in all of football

  13. “Watch the legion of bandwagon Seahawks fans come in here and puff out their chest. He’s a 35 year old corner who stopped being “cover” about 3-4 years ago. He doesn’t move well and has been playing on a defense that hasn’t had to defend against the big play because Christian Ponder has been quarterback and teams haven’t needed it.”

    Vikes still wanted him, as did the Skins; and he’ll be playing the slot, where it seems like every one other than you says he is still very effective.

    You seem bitter, but why should he re-sign with the team that cut him outright?

  14. Adoombray needs to take up soccer watching, because he isn’t paying much attention to football. Nelson plays Z, Winfield is a slot corner, and pull up his opponent QB rating against from last year. I will give you a hint, it starts with a 7.

  15. As a Minnesota fan this one hurts the most. With Washington legalizing cannabis there isn’t a chance Percy can resist over the next few years as it is implemented. Percy will end up suspended by the NFL for failed drug tests and eventually will be cut. Winfield on the other hand is going to be top 3 on the team in tackles and will be a disruptive force.

  16. abroom or whatever winfield didn’t allow any TDs against him last year and rarely gets burned. he’s still the best run defending CB in the league. u sir are an idiot with no knowledge of football.. he only allowed 300 total yards to his recievers. some people’s packer fans.. wow. Seattle fans u got a phenomenal CB that wont allow TDs on him by passing or running.

  17. Redskin Snyder tries to buy his way to a Super Bowl too. Good luck with it. Best wishes AW. You deserve to play anywhere!

  18. I wanted Winfield back so badly, but at the same time it had to be for the right money. He’s missed game time 3 of the last 4 years. Vikes are up against the cap. They’ll need a FA band-aid and to address in draft.

  19. If your not a ……….

    Ny giant fan
    Seahawks fan
    Green bay fan
    SF 49er fan
    Was redskin fan
    No saints fan
    Atl falcon fan

    Step aside please!!! The NFC crown is not within reach this year!!!

  20. Gotta love the homeristic excitement. He is a good tackle CB past his prime. He will not contribute much to the defense this year.

  21. What do the Vikings have in the way of weak side L.B. and kicker ? That’s all we need now.

  22. Who ever posted he’s probably getting 3 million a year. Your a moron he didn’t settle for 3. I bet he got 5.5 a year.

  23. ‘Toine was my favorite player for the Vikings, very sad to see him go… I wish him nothing but the best in Seattle, except of course, when they face the Vikings.

    Seattle is certainly building a legitimate Super Bowl contending team.

  24. Lots of teams threw short passes on Tru last season and we couldn’t get off the field on third down. This shores that up a bit and stiffens up the run. Also I bet Thai has a lot to do with a nickel d that can defend against Kaep running. Maybe the best acquisition this offseason. No one can deny he’s a stud.

  25. I like how one person says that Jordy Nelson won’t be able to torch Winfield twice a year anymore……watch what u type homeboy, last I knew Jordy Nelson has become so injury prone he’s lucky to play half the schedule. He’s become a soft player in my book

    Great signing John Schneider

  26. Can’t wait to play Niners, rams, texans.
    But. Oh darn it . Redskins gonna suck. They won’t make the playoffs. Wanted to eliminate them again.

    Go hawks

  27. Okay, Seahawks fans who may not know much about this guy: he is now the best CB on the team. Sounds crazy but his actions will speak for themselves. Anybody who has said stuff like “he’s a great tackling corner, not the best cover guy” has not watched the Vikings closely at all. He, if anything, dipped in tackling performance a bit, but still shows unparalleled awareness on the field. And that is just what he’ll bring ON the field!

  28. @WestCoastVet
    49ers have what… 13 draft picks this year ? Seahawks fans blab on about them going to the superbowl but they barely made it to the playoffs. That Green Bay game would have mathematically eliminated them if the real refs called that interception the right way. Russell Wilson will get better since they started using the read option. But they are not shoo-ins to the super bowl. Remember the Eagles ?

  29. 13 draft picks yes, for how many open roster spots? The hawks have 11 draft picks, and Coach already said “it will be hard for any of them to make the team” same will be true for SF. Look for both teams to package a bunch of lower picks to move the higher picks up a few spots.

  30. Very good pickup by Seattle. It gives the team insurance incase of an injury with one of their two good Corners. Winfield will not only be able to cover the slot, he’ll be able to spell Sherman or Browner if needed. This move also improves Seattle’s run defense a considerable amount.

  31. Atlanta top team? LOLOLOLOLOL with Payton returning Atlanta wont win their division and will be clawing at a wildcard. NFCWbos where the action is and you still cant discount the Pack. Sorry but Atlanta’s window is closed

  32. Nice signing there Hawks! dang……I gotta say you have to be close to niners for the NFC favorites. Very dangerous well rounded squad. If it wasnt for Sherman I would really wish you guys well. But I dont like rooting for classless loudmouth pieces of garbage like him.

  33. To jayovalentine:

    You and a bunch of others are hung up on the catch against Green Bay last year as if the Hawks stole that game. Pay attention. The only Green Bay touchdown came as a result of at least two bad calls by the striped shirts. The Packers wouldn’t even have been in the game if not for the help from the refs.

  34. jayovalentinw:

    I forgot to mention that the replay staff were the regular NFL guys, not subs. They confirmed a touchdown.

  35. I am a 23 year old Seahawk fan. I doubt there will EVER be a better Seahawk team in my lifetime than the 2013 Seahawks. Hope they do something with it.

  36. Valentine, you dont know what you’re talking about. Had the Hawks lost the GB game, hawks still make a wc bcuz they beat the bears and vikings so their 10-6 record makes the ayoffs. Hawks are the Best in the NFC.

  37. Can’t say I blame him one bit — good player and a good guy. He’ll be a better net-value player for the Hawks than Percy or Sidney. I may have to start rooting for the Hawks when they’re not playing the Vikes after all.

  38. Enjoy playing second fiddle to loud mouth Sherman Winny. Hard to see you leave for running plays and swing passes but not going to miss watching 6 posted on you over the top.

    Keep playing the season on paper Seattle,,,,,,good luck.

  39. Ok, last time I checked, the Eagles got their “Dream Team” from free agency. Seattle’s core roster? Wilson, Thomas, Chancellor, Sherman, Wilson, Unger, Okung, Moffitt, Wagner, Wright, Irvin, and Tate were all DRAFT PICKS. Let me say that again, DRAFT PICKS. Why were the Hawks eliminated from the playoffs? NO PASS RUSH! And what did we get? Two PROVEN DE’s for a short term deal. And signed Winfield for a short term deal. So please, look at the facts before speaking. It’s all smart moves by P&J not building a dream team. We already have at the draft.

    P.S his name is WINfield. If he wanted to lose he would’ve signed with Minnesota. Not his fault the couldn’t do anything when he was there. SO QUIT WHINING! And be happy he has a chance to win now!

  40. The Seahawks are not a “dream team.” First of all, they signed Avril, Bennett, and Winfield to CHEAP, PROVE IT type deals unlike the Eagles who just threw money at free agents.

    Second, the Seahawks actually have a more complete and talented roster than the Eagles did. To compare the two is completely laughable but I wouldn’t expect anything less from uneducated fans who love to hate on teams for no viable reason.

  41. Wow. I just can’t believe it. I love the way this guy has played and can’t believe the tackles he makes in support of the run. We have a legit nickel CB. The secondary is stacked at every position. Legion of Boom has a new member. Go Hawks!!

  42. Seachicken fans better enjoy the next year or two at best cause u wont be able to afford what u have!

  43. Frickin idiots & their dream team comments. When the Eagles backup qb made that comment he was referring to all big name players with bigtime contracts. With the exception of Harvin, it doesn’t apply to the Seahawks. Keep talking idiots. We’ll all remember you in January when we’re watching our team & you’re hating it.

  44. @jayovalentine

    “49ers have what… 13 draft picks this year ? Seahawks fans blab on about them going to the superbowl but they barely made it to the playoffs. That Green Bay game would have mathematically eliminated them if the real refs called that interception the right way. Russell Wilson will get better since they started using the read option. But they are not shoo-ins to the super bowl. Remember the Eagles ?”

    —–

    If Seahawks were credited with a Loss for that game, they would’ve had the same exact positioning in the playoffs.

    The ONLY difference would’ve been that the 49ers would’ve been a Wildcard team (vs. Vikings) and would’ve had to play @GreenBay the next week.

    So actually, the 49ers are the only team that benefited from the “Fail Mary”…..so yeah, you’re wrong.

  45. Every 49ers fan that mentions the Eagles, or Dream Team 2.0 as if that is relevant to the Seahawks..I’ll point this point of irrelevance out to you guys.

    The losers of the Super Bowl have never returned to the Super Bowl the next year and won. Outside of the 90’s Buffalo Bills, I’m not even sure they even returned the next year.

    So you might wanna put off that quest for 6 another year

  46. The best tackling football player period over the last 10 years he played. I don’t care what anyone says.

  47. As a Vikings fan, I wish him nothing but the best to him and Sidney Rice in Seattle. If I were a Packers fan, I would be trashing him (and hoping someone in my family learned to walk upright this weekend)

  48. adoombray says: Apr 12, 2013 7:18 PM

    If they’re going for the whole “veteran leader/chemistry guy” thing then yeah this is a decent signing but put it this way i’m kinda bummed as a Packer fan that Jordy Nelson won’t have this guy to torch 2 games a year next season

    **********************************

    I’m kinda bummed that Golden Tate can’t burn the whole damn secondary of the Packers again next season

  49. Ha, this is hilarious! Goes to show how desperate carroll is on beating harbaugh and the niners, niners get namdi, so they get Winfield. Pathetic. And before the seachiken fans say anything, they beat the niners… Niners were in the sb.

  50. Can’t wait for the seachickens to finish 7-9 and all you loud obnoxious “hawks” fans no longer visit this site because you have nothing to rant about. Carroll will fail miserably.

    HTTR!!!!!!!

  51. Sorry to see Winfield play out his last year not with the Vikings. He is a classy guy and great player, but $7m at age 35 for a guy that will have limited reps and injury concerns was too much for the Vikings to pay. I don’t blame them for the move they made, and I hoped they would have re-signed him for less $$.

    The Vikings have a lot of draft picks, and good ones too, so I expect a lot of new talent to arrive come draft weekend.

  52. As a Seahawks fan I am excited by the off season moves the team has done in free agency but scared as Hell when anyone says Super Bowl Favorite or Dream Team. As has happened so many times in the past, how many pre-season SB favorites have actually gone on and won it all and how many have become big disappointments ? Should be a fun season tho……

  53. You Hawk fans are hilarious. Acting like you’ve won the superbowl already… I especially love the really classless fans who can’t stop comparing Wilson to RG3. Obvious short man complex. And why are you still taking about that playoff game against the skins? You guys won if i remember correctly. Not to mention you shouldn’t be proud of that victory. Am I the only one who watched the first quarter of that game before RG3 reaggrivated his knee? The skins walked all over the Hawks like they were a college team. I don’t see you guys talking about the Falcons in every post. Why is that…. Can’t to see next season end in disappointment for them. Too bad because i like Wilson. I just can’t stand you idiot Hawk fans.

  54. Seahawks fans don’t watch many Vikings games. Winfield is way past his prime. His speed is gone. He’s injury prone. And sadly his ability to make amazing tackles is in steep decline. He is however a coach on the field. However, when he gives up key third down completions to the slot receiver or the TE you’ll question why they signed him.

    The Vikings asked him to take a pay cut for a reason. So stop with all the stupid hype of his signing.

  55. Vikes handled that so poorly. He deserved more than being cut without anyone letting him know first. I don’t blame him for signing with Seattle. Twan plays his heart out, plays much bigger than his size!!! Seahawks got a heck of a player. They got 2 big gamers in Harvin and Winfield.

    The Seahawks will be nasty next year! I will have to route for them when they are not playing my Vikes!

  56. As a Niners fan, not happy to see this signing. Anything can happen in the NFL, but I would be surprised if SF and Seattle are the two best teams in football next year.

  57. This absolutely kills me. I just loved Winfield. I am so angry the Vikings wouldn’t sign him back. He has done so much for this defense and the franchise. They should have cut Brian Robison and signed Winfield. God this sucks. He is the best tackling corner in the league. Sure he gets beat once in a while but he makes up for it with his tackling ability. He doesn’t launch himself recklessly.

    And he goes to a Pete Carroll coached team. That just angers me. I hate Pete Carroll. I would root for the Seahawks if it were not for Pete Carroll. To hell with Pete Carroll. Cheating sob.

  58. The Seahawks certainly have added a lot of talent. They just might win an away game against a good team this year.

  59. Every year every team attempts to get better, and every year teams that you don’t expect surprise you, and teams you do expect surprise you. How I hope we are not a surprise this year.

    Go Hawks!

  60. radzil says:
    Apr 12, 2013 9:36 PM
    You Hawk fans are hilarious. Acting like you’ve won the superbowl already… I especially love the really classless fans who can’t stop comparing Wilson to RG3. Obvious short man complex. And why are you still taking about that playoff game against the skins? You guys won if i remember correctly. Not to mention you shouldn’t be proud of that victory. Am I the only one who watched the first quarter of that game before RG3 reaggrivated his knee? The skins walked all over the Hawks like they were a college team. I don’t see you guys talking about the Falcons in every post. Why is that…. Can’t to see next season end in disappointment for them. Too bad because i like Wilson. I just can’t stand you idiot Hawk fans.

    ——————-

    Okay, I’m sorry, is celebrating a great offseason a problem? Nobody has won a Super Bowl yet, but SEA has given themselves a strong team to make a run. God forbid their fans celebrate that! Also, you realize many experts compare RGIII and RW right? You realize RW was close to equally as impressive as RGIII last season right? You realize RW has shown himself to be far less injury prone than RGIII right?

    Didn’t have a big problem with Skins fans in the past, but they’re really getting to me this offseason. Not because of trashtalk, all teams have fans that do that. It’s the non-stop homerism. I don’t think a team is more homeristic in the NFL than Skins fans.

    HTTR right?!

  61. Adoombray… He didn’t give up a td all year.. I’m a niner fan,great older cb signing,need vets in the playoffs. Gonna be a great battle for years to come.

  62. bye bye trufant, now if we can find a replacement for olb simmons the seahawks will have the most complete team in the nfl.

    —————————————————————

    Leroy Hill mean you? Simmons know I don’t.

  63. I sense there is a lot of jealousy out there. On paper the Hawks look like a favorite for 2013. Of course, injuries and mistakes can spoil everything. Let us hope they stay healthy and play to their potential.

  64. Vikings West ? I’m sorry, but the Seahawks have a franchise QB, actual Linebackers on their roster – along with corners and more than “A” reciever.

    As a Packer fan, I’ve never been afraid of the vikings (aside from the 98 team) – but these Seahawks (and 49ers) are legit monsters ….

    I’ve seen teams with great front sevens and nobodies in the secondary (Steelers/Vikings) – Teams with great offenses but no defenses – teams that can throw, but can’t run (My Current Packers)….

    The 49ers and Seahawks can both Throw/Run/Score Points/Bring Pressure/Stop the Run/Provide Lockdown Cover – these two teams are SCARY!

  65. Of course he didn’t sign with the VikeQueens – he didn’t want to have to face the awesome force of the Packer offense twice next year! Now excuse me I have to finish making out with tokyosandblaster.

  66. Every athlete eventually will have to face the loss of physical skills, and have to look to character and experience to market themselves. The Seahawks have great talent in their defensive backfield, but need what Winfield brings to the table. Can’t think the Vikings handled this intelligently, but Seattle is smart enough to see where they have needs.

  67. jayovalentine says: Apr 12, 2013 8:04 PM

    49ers have what… 13 draft picks this year ? Seahawks fans blab on about them going to the superbowl but they barely made it to the playoffs. That Green Bay game would have mathematically eliminated them if the real refs called that interception the right way. Russell Wilson will get better since they started using the read option. But they are not shoo-ins to the super bowl. Remember the Eagles ?

    ————–

    Sorry, but you’re wrong. The Hawks were the #5 seed and would only have dropped to the #6 seed had they lost one more game. Also consider that they could have potentially been the #2 seed (which was held by SF) had SF lost one more game and GB lost to the Viks, which they did. Next time, do your homework.

  68. To whom ever commented above. The Seahawks WOULD have made the playoffs and been the same exact #5 seed in the NFC. Despite the GB outcome of a win OR. A loss.

    You are a Moron, read a book… They beat the Vikes and Bears both teams with 10 wins and both would have been tied with the Hawks going into the Las week of the season even if you reverse the GB game outcome .

    The Seahawks were… Wait for it…. 1/2 game from the #2 overall seed in the NFC . So to say they barely made or wouldn’t have made the playoffs when they were not even a full game behind holding the second best NFC record sort of shows either your lack of intelligence or pure hatred.

    W/o GB game seattle Stil wins 10 games. And has tie breakers over all others. Please stop with the nonsense.

    Figure your stuff out homie.!

  69. radzil April 12, 2013, 6:36 PM PDT

    You Hawk fans are hilarious. Acting like you’ve won the superbowl already… I especially love the really classless fans who can’t stop comparing Wilson to RG3. Obvious short man complex. And why are you still taking about that playoff game against the skins? You guys won if i remember correctly. Not to mention you shouldn’t be proud of that victory. Am I the only one who watched the first quarter of that game before RG3 reaggrivated his knee? The skins walked all over the Hawks like they were a college team. I don’t see you guys talking about the Falcons in every post. Why is that…. Can’t to see next season end in disappointment for them. Too bad because i like Wilson. I just can’t stand you idiot Hawk fans.
    _________________________________________________
    Really? Cuz I gotta fill ya in on a secret. Youre the first person to mention or even bring up any if those points. So, if you’re getting tired of hearing them, shut your own mouth genius.

    And for the guy who seems adamant that he’s making 5.5 mil this year, sorry guy, he’s really making 3 mil.

  70. …”Seahawks fans don’t watch many Vikings games. Winfield is way past his prime. His speed is gone. He’s injury prone. And sadly his ability to make amazing tackles is in steep decline. He is however a coach on the field. However, when he gives up key third down completions to the slot receiver or the TE you’ll question why they signed him.

    The Vikings asked him to take a pay cut for a reason. So stop with all the stupid hype of his signing”

    Dude, actually, if you would just READ the above comments… if you can read… you’ll get that most of the “stupid hype” you refer to is from Vikings, Packers and other teams fans. Most Seahawks fans don’t know much about him and are on here to learn what other fans have to say.

    In fact, most of the chest-pumping seems to be 49’ers fans. Yep, they went to the SB last year, we didn’t. They are currently #1 in what will be the #1 division in the NFL. Yes, we won a game we may or may not of. Like that matters anymore.
    We’ll see who’s #1 in about 9 months. Until then, we’re 0-0, we still need to fix our O-Line, get a kicker and add LB’s. Next stop looks like the draft.

    js

  71. Can’t say I will miss seeing Winfield twice a season, though he is starting to break down a little physically. Not surprising though considering hes 5’9″ 190-200 and he tackles like a 240 lb LBer.

    John Schneider is building quite a squad up there I guess. Hes learned from two of the best GMs in the business in Ron Wolf and Teddy Thompson so its not surprising.

    Hell last year’s draft was pretty impressive if I remember correctly, Irvin, Wagner and Wilson with his first 3 picks. Now that he has his QB hes channeling his inner Ron “Wolf” with the trade for Percy Harvin and by signing potentially key contributors on defense to modest 1 yr deals.

    He is using all the tools available to him to build his team and I can really respect that.

  72. @ where’s Bud Grant…

    Because he was set to make $7 mil this year which is way to much for any but a handful of CBs in this league, and especially for a 35 year old.

    Pretty big pick-up for Seattle. Winfield was one of the top rated CB by Pro Football Focus and Football Outsiders, especially against the run and 3rd downs — two areas where Seattles very good D had weaknesses.

    I don’t know if its a “Dream Team” or not, but what SEA is doing and PHI did is very different because a) Most of these players were signed on the cheep on 1 -2 year prove-it deals b) pass rushing is less dependent on scheme than coverage c) Russell Wilson > Vick and d) Rossman < Schnider at talent evaluation.

  73. vikings west? seriously? when did the major league team start taking on the minor league teams nickname? I understand bringing your top talent along slowly, but damn damn, can we please call AP up to the big leagues already?

  74. The Seahawks are definetly looking like the dominant dream team of 2011 that was the Philadelphia Eagles! The only possible missing piece now of creating their own dream team would be to sign Vince Young. Who I hear can be had for the very low asking price of 50k a year, a nice dinner, and his own locker but would be willing to share with the punter if needed.

  75. Just sayin…..Washington is only 60,000 under the cap and they were still in “negotiations” with AW. Probably could have gotten him cheaper than SEA if we had the money..in any capacity.

  76. If he was cut in the manner the media reported the Vikings got what they deserved. AW can still play, would have restructured and this move will not make many season tickect holders happy with Spielman. I agree – good riddance to Harvin, but everyone loved Winfield and his attitude on and off the field. He is a class act and I hope he gets a ring out there.

  77. cue the redskins saying “he was too old,we didnt want him” blah blah blah, fail!!!!

  78. I hope everyone notices the respect this guy has earned from the Minnesota fans.

    Often, in this era you see players getting known for their overblown media personalities instead of their online play. Its nice to see a player that has not been a media bigmouth get known simply for the professional manner and quality of play he has brought to a team. He has been an amazing player to watch in Minnesota and has been a favorite player of many Vikings fans (myself included) for many years.

    You don’t see a bunch of Minnesota fans on here bashing him for leaving, like you see from some teams as they lose great players, because this guy has earned the respect of the Minnesota fans.

    Congrats to the Seahawks, even though I wish we would have managed to keep him in Minnesota, I hope your fans get to appreciate him as we have.

    …and from this Vikes fan, “Thanks Antoine”

  79. Pete Carroll never really won any big games over his entire football coaching career so I don’t care how much talent they sign, Cheating Pete will find a way to mess this up.

  80. Apparently the truth hurts? Over the last 5 years the Seahawks are dead last in success differential between home and away. But then again, they’re tied for that ignominious stat – with the VIKINGS. Perhaps there won’t by a payoff after all. I don’t know what merging two teams who have to rely on deafening home field to succeed is going to do if they can’t win in a different time zone or outside.

  81. Seahawks fans are hilarious—-congrats on winning the offseason. All of this trash talk and how many Super Bowls have you won? 0 just like the Vikings. My guess is the NFC will have the Niners, Packers, or Giants fighting for the championship at the end.

  82. Dream team part deux. When will teams learn that by signing these old free agents they are taking the rostor spots away from the young blue collar guys that are crucial to a good team. Ill be surpised if they make the playoffs.

  83. jayovalentine:

    don’t let facts get in the way of a great story bro. we would have been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs if the green bay game was called correctly? Seahawks finished 11-5. if, we had taken a loss in the GB game we are 10-6 with wins over Minn and Chi, giving us the tie break with both. the 11-5 Seahawks finished in the number one wild card spot and number 5 playoff seed. if you switched the result of the GB game, the 10-6 Seahawks would have finished…. wait for it….. wait for it… in the number one wild card spot (based on tie breaks) and the number 5 seed overall. that game had not one iota of effect on the playoffs.

    sometimes it’s good to know what u speak of before opening your mouth and proving you don’t.

  84. I think a lot of people on here just post to get attention. For the people that bring up the no rings argument, what does that have to do with anything in the here and now?

    Also, for those saying the Seahawks are a “dream team,” there’s a big difference between what the Eagles did and what the Seahawks are doing.

    The Eagles just went ahead and threw money at free agents with reckless abandon. The Seahawks signed Bennett, Avril, and now Winfield, to CHEAP, PROVE IT type deals.

    Als0, the Seahawks have a lot more talent as a whole than did the Eagles in 2011. So to compare the two is just very uneducated.

  85. h1ndrix says:

    Dream team part deux. When will teams learn that by signing these old free agents they are taking the rostor spots away from the young blue collar guys that are crucial to a good team. Ill be surpised if they make the playoffs.
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    You obviously don’t know how the Hawks are constructed. The entire core of the team is nothing but 1-4 yr pro bowl caliber players. That’s why they are able to fill in a few gaps with solid veteran talent on 1 yr deals…they’re stars are all still on rookie contracts. For the record Winfield would be the only “old” one they have signed. Avril, Bennett and Harvin are all 26 and under. Know before you post.

  86. Great move by the Seahawks. He can fill a roll better than our current options AND by example, elevate our young and talented secondary into true professionals. Good for all of them..especially RS.

  87. Seahawks must have a scout living in Minnesota, they signed Rice, Harvin now Winfield. Not bad, just an observation.

  88. @etoharin78 says:

    Seahawks must have a scout living in Minnesota, they signed Rice, Harvin now Winfield. Not bad, just an observation.

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    Their ‘scout’ actually lives in Seattle. OC Darrell Bevell 🙂

  89. Dream team part deux. When will teams learn that by signing these old free agents they are taking the rostor spots away from the young blue collar guys that are crucial to a good team. Ill be surpised if they make the playoffs.
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    Wait, isn’t Winfield the only person on the seahawks over 35? and aren’t Avril, Bennett, and Harvin 27, 27, and 24?
    These are four signings that have been overblown by the media and are all shorter and cheaper than people think. Plus the Eagles were only a decent team before they signed all those free agents, and the seahawks were a playoff team that lots of people were choosing to go to the Super Bowl.

  90. roylp says: Apr 12, 2013 7:52 PM

    Who ever posted he’s probably getting 3 million a year. Your a moron he didn’t settle for 3. I bet he got 5.5 a year.
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    Oh really?

    One year, $3 million, $1 million guaranteed.

  91. I like the Hawks. Russ,Lynch,&Harvin are scary together,but I still can’t get why some of you Hawks fans bash RGIII in every article thats about the hawks, but like every fan base you have to separate the village idiots from the smart ones.Good luck hawks on your upcoming season, adding Winfield is a plus hopefully we’ll meet again in the playoffs…HTTR

  92. Antoine may have lost a step, however he has two corners which he can count on covering his back just like they will cover his.

    Again, a good defense is getting better.

    Of course we still have to play the games.

    But you have to like their chances.

  93. Undraftedstar, the only thing I bash about the redskins is that crummy field.

    I mentioned in the thread about RG3, I hope both teams are at full strength and we get a rematch.

    Best of luck you you.

  94. Aaaaand I’ll just leave this here, for the Niners fans..

    “The Seahawks? I don’t know that I would pick the 49ers as the favorite to win the NFC West next year. That’s how good they are.” – Jed York, CEO of the San Francisco 49ers

  95. Enough with the dream team/”you don’t win the superbowl in march” comments.

    Let’s look at the real bonehead moves of FA so far:

    Mike Wallace 5 years/$60 mil
    Andy Levitre 6 years/$47 mil
    Paul Kruger 5 years/$40 mil
    Danelle Ellerbe 5 years/35 mil
    Carson Palmer 2 years/$16 mil
    Dashon Goldson 5 years/$41 mil

    and if you want to count Tony Romo 6yr/$108 mil, I wont stop you.

    And then, the ‘Hawks moves:

    Traded 1st, 3rd, and 7th round picks for Percy Harvin and gave him a new deal for 6 years/$67 million (in reality, 3yr/$33).

    In FA proper, signed:

    Michael Bennet 1 year/$5 mil
    Cliff Avril 2 years/$10 mil
    Tony McDaniel 1 year/$800k
    Antoine Winfield 1 year/$3 mil

    (If anyone can find out the dollar amounts for the lavish 1 and 2 year Brett Swain and Brady Quinn signings, you are better at teh internets than I am.)

    Percy Harvin is top dollar, yes, but he would have cost Minny even more, and it’s still nowhere near the insanity of a Mario Williams at 6yr/$96, and besides Percy > Mario.

  96. I have to admit I probably owe my fantasy football league title to the Seahawks D/ST, but man it’s a little much how the media makes this team out to be destined for Superbowl run after run. They avoided the injury bug for the most part, and Russell Wilson surprised everyone in his rookie year. Give co-ordinators an offseason to change up their schemes, spy heavily on passing downs etc.

  97. You know whats funny about this?

    Had he signed with the 49ers… All these seahawks bandwagoners would be yelling about him being old and slow….

    but since he signed with the seahawks.. its a great signing.

    Looks good on paper. Glad everyone is talking seahawks for SB as it takes the bullseye off the 49ers. Going to be some good battles and as a 49er fan. I look forward to watching these games but before you all go talk about the superbowl… you should win the division first ;). It sure as hell aint given thats for sure.

  98. You really think the 49ers are set up for longevity? The Rams are destined to pass them in the next couple of seasons. They’re old as it is and then they completely bombed the ’12 draft.

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