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Former teammate wants to talk Winfield out of retirement

Joique Bell, Antoine Winfield, Jared Allen, Jamarca Sanford, Brandon Pettigrew AP

Antoine Winfield said he was ready to retire.

Not everyone believes him.

While coach Leslie Frazier sent the former cornerback a congratulatory text, no official approach has been made from the team. But that’s not stopping Vikings safety Jamarca Sanford from lobbying.

“I will most definitely call him and try and talk him out of retirement,” Sanford said, via the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “I’m pretty sure Coach Frazier isn’t going to call him or nobody at the top [of the organization] is going to call him. But I’m for sure going to reach out to him and see what he’s thinking.”

Sanford said he has no doubt a healthy Winfield could still play at a high level, after 14 years in the NFL.

“As long as you’ve got a healthy 26 [Winfield’s number], you’ve got something there,” Sanford said. “Things didn’t work out in Seattle for him. He would fit back right in here with no problem.”

Of course, Winfield was dealing with a sore knee in Seahawks camp this summer, so that part of the equation can’t be considered a given for the 36-year-old.

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28 Responses to “Former teammate wants to talk Winfield out of retirement”
  1. pathsovglory says: Sep 5, 2013 4:56 PM

    bummed to not see him play in Seattle.

    dont really see how you can go from a 100+ tackle season to retirement in one offseason… either way, he knows his body better than anyone so i wish him the best.

  2. smartestpackerfan says: Sep 5, 2013 4:59 PM

    Oh crap. My Pack continue to be on decline, due to injuries, and the Vikings might get one of the best CB back. Packers chance keep getting worse. :(

  3. muskyhunter2542 says: Sep 5, 2013 5:07 PM

    As A Packer fan please come back… Id love to see that old ass man get thrown on all day long.

  4. reesesteel23 says: Sep 5, 2013 5:12 PM

    Do it….

  5. purpleguy says: Sep 5, 2013 5:13 PM

    Even if he decides to play, and even if he isn’t claimed by another team should he un-retire and pass through waivers, and even if he still isn’t so ticked at Spielman he refuses to play with the Vikes, he’ll still probably take a couple weeks off to rest his sore knee. Lots of ifs.

  6. wimpyburgers says: Sep 5, 2013 5:22 PM

    “dont (sic) really see how you can go from a 100+ tackle season to retirement in one offseason…”

    how about $1 million guaranteed from the Hawks and a chance to be part of the concussion lawsuit as reasons to retire?

  7. ingraven says: Sep 5, 2013 5:26 PM

    Is anyone gonna talk Ray Lewis out of retirement too?

  8. fnsquirrel says: Sep 5, 2013 5:28 PM

    All I want for Christmas…

  9. irishgary says: Sep 5, 2013 5:30 PM

    Vikings love to try to get players to unretire, It really worked last time huh?

  10. linemanguy74 says: Sep 5, 2013 5:44 PM

    Better than any d-back that the pack have

  11. 84smooninlambeaunevergetsold says: Sep 5, 2013 6:18 PM

    Even if he did come back, he wouldn’t be in there full time, which would make sense. He’d be welcomed back in a second. 26 is still one of the hardest hitting tacklers out there.

    I would love to see him lay some people out the way he does just one more year.

  12. bert1913 says: Sep 5, 2013 6:33 PM

    if the vikes were super bowl contenders winfield might think about it. since they’re not, no chance.

  13. 2manyconcussions says: Sep 5, 2013 6:35 PM

    I think the Vikes need him back for his skills and for his ability to teach his replacement, Josh Robinson. Mr Robinson could use a little help. Either way, MN should be writing a check to Winfield, not to mention a note of apology.

  14. squared80 says: Sep 5, 2013 6:40 PM

    Winfield is a very prideful person. To a stubborness. Nothing wrong with that, but I think it’d be tough to talk him out of retirement.

    Question of the Day: Can you name one former Vikings player that has worked out for the Seahawks?

  15. 2ruefan says: Sep 5, 2013 6:44 PM

    rishgary says: Sep 5, 2013 5:30 PM

    Vikings love to try to get players to unretire, It really worked last time huh?
    *********************************************
    Ummm… Yeah.. as a matter of fact it DID. Or were you not watching that year? 12-4 and one play from the SB, and the player you speak of had the best statistical year of his career?

    Or were you talking about the SUBSEQUENT year when he was hurt and never really had a chance?

  16. pathsovglory says: Sep 5, 2013 6:44 PM

    “Question of the Day: Can you name one former Vikings player that has worked out for the Seahawks?”

    Darrel Bevell

  17. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Sep 5, 2013 6:45 PM

    I’m sad to say that it looks like the Vikings were right to cut ties with Winfield when they did. Better to let a guy go too soon than too late. I’d love to see him back, but in the long run getting Robinson experience is probably more worthwhile.

  18. brobokil says: Sep 5, 2013 6:50 PM

    I don’t think there’s any waiver process to go through for a retired player. He wasn’t released by the Seahawks, he retired, so I believe he’s free to sign wherever he wants if he decides to unretire.

  19. jimmysee says: Sep 5, 2013 6:50 PM

    Didn’t they try that one with Brett?

  20. aaroncurryisbust says: Sep 5, 2013 7:08 PM

    Winfield left the Vikings because they demanded he cede his starting job and play the slot, which he refused because the Vikings starting CBs are garbage.

  21. mnwildfan15 says: Sep 5, 2013 8:05 PM

    Johnson will burn the corners Sunday, expect a signing around 5pm Sunday.

  22. bdnnbd says: Sep 5, 2013 8:10 PM

    McKinnie, Percy, Winfield…this year Spielman has some solid validation for moves that were initially thought questionable. I love ‘toine, but I doubt he’d return at the price he’s actually worth.

  23. guruvious says: Sep 5, 2013 9:49 PM

    FIELDTRIP!!!!

  24. allday28mvpmvp says: Sep 5, 2013 9:54 PM

    bdnnbd says: Sep 5, 2013 8:10 PM

    McKinnie, Percy, Winfield…this year Spielman has some solid validation for moves that were initially thought questionable. I love ‘toine, but I doubt he’d return at the price he’s actually worth.

    —–

    McKinnie has been gone, he won a ring with Baltimore genius

  25. 2ruefan says: Sep 6, 2013 7:18 AM

    That’s a good question on the retirement thing. How does that work when a player announces “retirement” before they are cut? Wouldn’t that be a loophole for a player who wants to go to a particular Team and NOT have to clear waivers to manipulate the system to do so?
    Must be something in place to protect the team from this…..

  26. axespray says: Sep 6, 2013 11:18 AM

    linemanguy74 says:
    Sep 5, 2013 5:44 PM
    “Better than any d-back that the pack have”
    —————————————–
    lol – That’s like me saying Ryan Pickett is better than any D-Tackle the lions have…

    Packer’s QB/WRs/DBs are the areas they’re loaded at…

  27. 6kings says: Sep 6, 2013 5:51 PM

    The Packers are one concussion away from screwed.

  28. ejmat2 says: Sep 7, 2013 8:44 AM

    irishgary says:
    Sep 5, 2013 5:30 PM
    Vikings love to try to get players to unretire, It really worked last time huh?
    ——————————————-
    Ummmmm, it actually did. They made it to the NFC Championship game the year they brought Favre out of retirement. The year after he was already part of their roster when he had the bad season. So, you may want to get some facts straight before you try and through out wise cracks

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