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Antoine Winfield agrees to one-year deal with Seahawks

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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.

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  1. Christopher R. Mattix says: Apr 12, 2013 7:11 PM

    Legion of Boom. Wow. Go Hawks!

  2. themagicman1223 says: Apr 12, 2013 7:11 PM

    This is what happens when most of your core players are late draft picks and don’t have a huge salary.

  3. ozymandias121 says: Apr 12, 2013 7:13 PM

    Signed for Adderall insurance. Nothing more nothing less.

  4. chrismatthewsucks says: Apr 12, 2013 7:13 PM

    I know teams are scared.

  5. beastmode5150 says: Apr 12, 2013 7:14 PM

    That’s right baby! Bring on all the hate…

  6. seahawksteven777 says: Apr 12, 2013 7:15 PM

    Great signing. This is a very exciting time to be a Seahawks fan. Go Hawks! :D

  7. HowdyDoobie says: Apr 12, 2013 7:15 PM

    Welcome to the Legion of Boom Mr. Brojangles.

  8. marvin49 says: Apr 12, 2013 7:17 PM

    @themagicman1223

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

  9. seattlelgt says: Apr 12, 2013 7:18 PM

    He’s an upgrade at nickelback over Trufant. GO HAWKS!

  10. cags777 says: Apr 12, 2013 7:18 PM

    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!

  11. vik3z says: Apr 12, 2013 7:18 PM

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

  12. threefeetaway says: Apr 12, 2013 7:18 PM

    Love it, not only a great player but a great team member

  13. canadianvikingfaniii says: Apr 12, 2013 7:18 PM

    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.

  14. 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

  15. hoilandms says: Apr 12, 2013 7:19 PM

    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.

  16. WestCoastVet says: Apr 12, 2013 7:20 PM

    If the 49ers don’t make some big moves in the draft I think our NFC crown-wearing will be short lived.

  17. pdway says: Apr 12, 2013 7:21 PM

    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.

  18. reppster says: Apr 12, 2013 7:21 PM

    The hawks are turning into the Minnesota Seahawks

  19. bus035 says: Apr 12, 2013 7:23 PM

    In the words of the late, great Dave Niehaus, “My Oh My!”

  20. reed20fence says: Apr 12, 2013 7:23 PM

    That’s right. Go with a winner Antoine. And that’s definitely not the none-and-done deadskins.

  21. reptar24 says: Apr 12, 2013 7:23 PM

    Of course it was the Seahawks. Vikings West.

  22. trevor123698 says: Apr 12, 2013 7:24 PM

    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

  23. dennisatunity says: Apr 12, 2013 7:24 PM

    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!

  24. sh4doww4lker says: Apr 12, 2013 7:24 PM

    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……

  25. classactcalvin81 says: Apr 12, 2013 7:24 PM

    Man am I glad to c this guy leave the NFC North!! Go D!!

  26. tokyosandblaster says: Apr 12, 2013 7:25 PM

    A hush falls over Minnesota as the all of 18 *real* fans of the Vikings are left speechless, and the rest of the state resumes making out with family members.

  27. jjb0811 says: Apr 12, 2013 7:25 PM

    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!

  28. filthymcnasty1 says: Apr 12, 2013 7:26 PM

    Winfield did the only thing he could do if he wanted even a chance of winning a ring – leave MN.

  29. straighcashhomie84 says: Apr 12, 2013 7:28 PM

    Winfield will be missed by all Vikings fans. Thanks for the great years Antoine! Please go into the HOF as a Viking

  30. vik3z says: Apr 12, 2013 7:29 PM

    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

  31. pdway says: Apr 12, 2013 7:30 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.”

    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?

  32. randysstraightcash says: Apr 12, 2013 7:36 PM

    Good luck Antoine! You will be missed. Wish you would have decided to stay in purple, but best regards anyway.

  33. beastmode5150 says: Apr 12, 2013 7:36 PM

    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.

  34. bert1913 says: Apr 12, 2013 7:37 PM

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

  35. minnesotablizzard says: Apr 12, 2013 7:38 PM

    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.

  36. ajwwr82 says: Apr 12, 2013 7:39 PM

    Remember the last time a “dream team” was created. Good luck Seattle Vikings. #WannaBeLikeUs

  37. jmweldon86 says: Apr 12, 2013 7:40 PM

    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.

  38. matthewcarlson1 says: Apr 12, 2013 7:41 PM

    Well we can’t win a super bowl with our players, so you might as well see if you can.

  39. urcrap says: Apr 12, 2013 7:42 PM

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

  40. filipinoviking says: Apr 12, 2013 7:43 PM

    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.

  41. olympiacham says: Apr 12, 2013 7:43 PM

    ‘U mad bro’

  42. cali49er707 says: Apr 12, 2013 7:47 PM

    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!!!

  43. thesteelers says: Apr 12, 2013 7:48 PM

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

  44. mrseaballs says: Apr 12, 2013 7:48 PM

    John Schneider for M.V.P. !!!

  45. mrseaballs says: Apr 12, 2013 7:52 PM

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

  46. 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.

  47. PurpleRaid18 says: Apr 12, 2013 7:53 PM

    ‘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.

  48. wholelottaawesome says: Apr 12, 2013 7:53 PM

    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.

  49. supremekingz says: Apr 12, 2013 7:54 PM

    Everybody’s using the Seahawks on Madden for sure

  50. pencilmonkeymagic says: Apr 12, 2013 7:54 PM

    Try passing on that.

  51. jayovalentine says: Apr 12, 2013 7:57 PM

    Dream Team !!!

  52. wkdblc52 says: Apr 12, 2013 7:57 PM

    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

  53. seatownballers says: Apr 12, 2013 8:00 PM

    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

  54. roylp says: Apr 12, 2013 8:00 PM

    Who ever said he’s probably getting 3 million is a moron. I bet he got 5.5 million.

  55. sleepsoncouches says: Apr 12, 2013 8:01 PM

    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!

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

    @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 ?

  57. johnnybandwagon says: Apr 12, 2013 8:06 PM

    The Seahawks of Seattle are turning into the Super Bowl favorites.

  58. beastmode5150 says: Apr 12, 2013 8:12 PM

    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.

  59. EJ says: Apr 12, 2013 8:13 PM

    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.

  60. johnnybandwagon says: Apr 12, 2013 8:13 PM

    9ner fans see their window getting smaller.

  61. goldrush36 says: Apr 12, 2013 8:16 PM

    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

  62. phan216 says: Apr 12, 2013 8:24 PM

    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.

  63. farvite says: Apr 12, 2013 8:25 PM

    Sad end coming for Marcus Trufant.

    Bravo to Carroll and Schneider for selling out. Painful to watch as a Packer fan.

  64. ateeezzz says: Apr 12, 2013 8:26 PM

    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.

  65. GenXJay says: Apr 12, 2013 8:26 PM

    What can you say, Vikes loss is another Seahawks gain.
    Vikes Mock Draft is transparent for any analyst. Fo Sho.

  66. ateeezzz says: Apr 12, 2013 8:28 PM

    jayovalentinw:

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

  67. brendank11 says: Apr 12, 2013 8:30 PM

    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.

  68. jayhawk777 says: Apr 12, 2013 8:33 PM

    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.

  69. purpleguy says: Apr 12, 2013 8:42 PM

    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.

  70. operwapitsai says: Apr 12, 2013 8:45 PM

    Bye Antoine. another vike to the hawks. I guess im a seahawks fan now

  71. musicman495 says: Apr 12, 2013 8:52 PM

    Let’s all take a deep breath. The Seahawks 2013 record is still 0 – 0.

  72. seals1 says: Apr 12, 2013 8:53 PM

    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.

  73. unbiasedfootball says: Apr 12, 2013 8:54 PM

    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!

  74. seahawksteven777 says: Apr 12, 2013 8:56 PM

    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.

  75. themackstrong says: Apr 12, 2013 8:56 PM

    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!!

  76. bryguy39 says: Apr 12, 2013 8:59 PM

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

  77. seadawgs72 says: Apr 12, 2013 9:00 PM

    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.

  78. sanfranfanyouknowit says: Apr 12, 2013 9:01 PM

    I stand by my comments those who win the Superbowl in free agency never win the real Superbowl, they usually miss the playoffs.

  79. smashscott says: Apr 12, 2013 9:03 PM

    @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.

  80. themagicman1223 says: Apr 12, 2013 9:08 PM

    Come operwapitsai, join us.

  81. smashscott says: Apr 12, 2013 9:09 PM

    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

  82. brendank11 says: Apr 12, 2013 9:09 PM

    1 year, 3 mil sounds like. Good value and close to what I expected. Didn’t think Hawks would go above 3.

  83. theytukrjobs says: Apr 12, 2013 9:18 PM

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

  84. jaketdogg says: Apr 12, 2013 9:19 PM

    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)

  85. Iknoweverything says: Apr 12, 2013 9:23 PM

    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

  86. scmems07 says: Apr 12, 2013 9:24 PM

    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.

  87. andylucksneck says: Apr 12, 2013 9:24 PM

    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!!!!!!!

  88. wludford says: Apr 12, 2013 9:28 PM

    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.

  89. FlyFromTheInside says: Apr 12, 2013 9:34 PM

    Legion of Adderall

  90. leeroyski says: Apr 12, 2013 9:36 PM

    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……

  91. 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.

  92. banlarson says: Apr 12, 2013 9:40 PM

    And the Hutchinson poison pill lives on between MN and Seattle.

  93. Where's Bud Grant when you need him? says: Apr 12, 2013 9:53 PM

    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.

  94. tanfarkenton says: Apr 12, 2013 9:55 PM

    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!

  95. ameilius says: Apr 12, 2013 9:55 PM

    Boy oh boy the Seahawks and 9ers are going to be monsters this year…. BIGGER monsters, sorry….

  96. alldonesmith says: Apr 12, 2013 9:56 PM

    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.

  97. alldonesmith says: Apr 12, 2013 9:56 PM

    *if SF and Seattle are NOT the two best teams in football next year

  98. taintedsaints2009 says: Apr 12, 2013 9:59 PM

    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.

  99. matthewcarlson1 says: Apr 12, 2013 10:00 PM

    olympiacham says:
    Apr 12, 2013 7:43 PM
    ‘U mad bro’
    ——————————
    2009 called, they want their ‘douche’ back.

  100. squared80 says: Apr 12, 2013 10:04 PM

    Hell of a guy and hell of a player. He’ll be missed. Best of luck playing for Vikings West, Antoine. They should be good this year.

  101. calbsure says: Apr 12, 2013 10:08 PM

    Congrats Seahawk fans! You got a ballplayer and a first class act.

  102. toolkien says: Apr 12, 2013 10:10 PM

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

  103. reach4succeed says: Apr 12, 2013 10:14 PM

    The Seaweeds. A ton of talent and a smattering of class. Die Seaweed die!!!!

  104. d0minate says: Apr 12, 2013 10:25 PM

    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!

  105. brendank11 says: Apr 12, 2013 10:38 PM

    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?!

  106. beastmode5150 says: Apr 12, 2013 10:38 PM

    How did Pete Carrol cheat? What Seahawks are Classless? You guys are grasping constantly. Hawks have complete class organization.

  107. dirtysouthniner says: Apr 12, 2013 11:31 PM

    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.

  108. Dream_Machine says: Apr 12, 2013 11:36 PM

    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.

  109. oreo51 says: Apr 12, 2013 11:44 PM

    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.

  110. axespray says: Apr 12, 2013 11:51 PM

    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!

  111. deeceefan says: Apr 12, 2013 11:59 PM

    Dream team lol

  112. trollhammer20 says: Apr 13, 2013 12:14 AM

    Being a Seahawk fan, I just gotta ask….

    Is it September yet?

  113. fi1thymcnasty1 says: Apr 13, 2013 12:26 AM

    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.

  114. cranespy says: Apr 13, 2013 12:27 AM

    Hawks vs Niners in NFC and Patriots vs Broncos in AFC

    Broncos edge Hawks in SB.

  115. 4superbowls says: Apr 13, 2013 12:42 AM

    Seriously, I wish my favorite Vikings wouldn’t have to leave my squad for a chance to get a ring…

  116. lnfinite says: Apr 13, 2013 1:26 AM

    Good luck AW. I appreciated your days in Minnesota.

  117. keakuamai says: Apr 13, 2013 2:06 AM

    I just want save everyone time and energy and call it now

    THE HAWKS: DREAM TEAM 2013!!!!

  118. txnative61 says: Apr 13, 2013 2:11 AM

    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.

  119. seattlelgt says: Apr 13, 2013 2:22 AM

    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.

  120. wilsonwillbreaku says: Apr 13, 2013 2:23 AM

    Let’s just say what we’re all thinking…2013 Seattle Seahawks will not lose a game…and Pete will run up the score a few times…it’s going to be EPIC!

  121. geicocaveman says: Apr 13, 2013 2:30 AM

    Big fan of Winfield, hope he does well in Seattle the new evil empire.

  122. allidoiswin55 says: Apr 13, 2013 2:34 AM

    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.!

  123. rublestiltzkin says: Apr 13, 2013 2:37 AM

    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.

  124. jshawaii22 says: Apr 13, 2013 2:40 AM

    …”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

  125. tangysizzl says: Apr 13, 2013 3:12 AM

    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.

  126. Dusty Grey says: Apr 13, 2013 5:25 AM

    @ 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.

  127. spideysdog says: Apr 13, 2013 6:03 AM

    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?

  128. oldlineman says: Apr 13, 2013 6:06 AM

    Any word of the contract figures of the deal?

  129. jm8ch10 says: Apr 13, 2013 6:18 AM

    Seattle is getting closer to the Niners. It’s time for JH to make his next move.

  130. burrito12 says: Apr 13, 2013 6:56 AM

    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.

  131. orakpownd says: Apr 13, 2013 7:18 AM

    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.

  132. kirbylaw says: Apr 13, 2013 7:29 AM

    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.

  133. peytonsneck18 says: Apr 13, 2013 7:32 AM

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

  134. redzonerambler says: Apr 13, 2013 7:34 AM

    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”

  135. pencilmonkeymagic says: Apr 13, 2013 7:37 AM

    Has 5 Pro Bowlers in 1 secondary been done before?

  136. jahmic says: Apr 13, 2013 7:40 AM

    Revenge of the poison pill!

    Trufant, thanks for all the effort and a few epic TD picks.

  137. whatjusthapped says: Apr 13, 2013 7:47 AM

    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.

  138. kerryc21realty says: Apr 13, 2013 8:13 AM

    OLD OLD OLD

  139. toolkien says: Apr 13, 2013 8:22 AM

    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.

  140. GenXJay says: Apr 13, 2013 9:12 AM

    Starbucks, Windows 8, Sasquatch, Winfield…

  141. vikeshave0titles says: Apr 13, 2013 9:26 AM

    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.

  142. h1ndrix says: Apr 13, 2013 10:26 AM

    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.

  143. spideysdog says: Apr 13, 2013 10:51 AM

    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.

  144. seahawksteven777 says: Apr 13, 2013 10:57 AM

    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.

  145. acromartieismydad says: Apr 13, 2013 11:02 AM

    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.
    ——–

    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.

  146. ballhawkin says: Apr 13, 2013 11:22 AM

    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.

  147. etoharin78 says: Apr 13, 2013 11:27 AM

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

  148. jebdamone says: Apr 13, 2013 11:41 AM

    you fail vikings.

  149. ballhawkin says: Apr 13, 2013 11:45 AM

    @etoharin78 says:

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

    ____________________________________

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

  150. bpeterson464 says: Apr 13, 2013 11:59 AM

    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.
    ________

    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.

  151. mrpeary3189 says: Apr 13, 2013 12:50 PM

    Offseason Champs! Woooooooooo!!!

  152. dabillsrule says: Apr 13, 2013 1:41 PM

    I hate to admit it but the ‘Hawks are going to be a dominant team this year.

  153. fwbrodie says: Apr 13, 2013 2:46 PM

    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.
    ______________________

    Oh really?

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

  154. boyshole25 says: Apr 13, 2013 2:57 PM

    That’s a great great pickup

  155. smartestpackerfan says: Apr 13, 2013 5:45 PM

    The Seattle Seahawks sure do love the Vikings scraps!

  156. angelogiaquinto18 says: Apr 13, 2013 6:11 PM

    Seahawks have as many Lombardi’s as the vikes so lets not crown ‘em yet!

  157. undraftedstar says: Apr 13, 2013 6:24 PM

    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

  158. dukeearl says: Apr 13, 2013 6:34 PM

    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.

  159. dukeearl says: Apr 13, 2013 6:55 PM

    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.

  160. justinjump says: Apr 14, 2013 2:43 PM

    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

  161. competitivecompetitioncompeter says: Apr 15, 2013 1:14 AM

    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.

  162. ravenatorlikesboysbeeholez says: Apr 15, 2013 8:22 AM

    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.

  163. suspendingbj says: Apr 15, 2013 5:45 PM

    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.

  164. rukkus1 says: Apr 16, 2013 9:40 AM

    And all you presumptuous fans can do is speculate…

    Shut your mouth and quit presuming what someone would say.

  165. bn2n2me says: Apr 17, 2013 12:53 PM

    Wow..Seahawks v 49ers will be the BEST rivalry in the league for at least the next 5-8 years d@mn!

  166. fwbrodie says: Apr 22, 2013 4:12 PM

    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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