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Antoine Winfield pursuing NFL return in “right situation”


When the Seattle Seahawks told Antoine Winfield that they planned to release him in August, the 15-year veteran cornerback elected to call it a career. He had been named to an All-Pro team and was a three-time Pro Bowl selection in his time with the Buffalo Bills and Minnesota Vikings.

However, Winfield never filed retirement papers and is now considering a return to the league if the right opportunity presents.

According to Josina Anderson of, Winfield is working out in the Houston area and is amenable to a return to football in the “right situation.”

Winfield made it clear this summer that the reason he signed with the Seahawks (for less money than he was offered to return to the Vikings) was because he wanted to win a Super Bowl and he believed Seattle gave him the best opportunity to realize that goal. After a distinguished 15-year career, Winfield no longer has to play football. If he decides to play again, it will likely only be for a team that has a chance to make the playoffs and a deep postseason run.

Seattle didn’t have room for Winfield in a deep secondary and saved $1 million against their salary cap with his release, but Winfield is still a quality player and can help a team in need of a nickel cornerback.

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20 Responses to “Antoine Winfield pursuing NFL return in “right situation””
  1. easywolf says: Sep 26, 2013 12:27 AM

    Hello New England?

  2. rickyspanish says: Sep 26, 2013 12:32 AM

    I find it surprising he’s only made three Pro Bowls, he was awesome.

  3. thebirdofprey2 says: Sep 26, 2013 12:33 AM

    He could still play, that wasn’t the reason he was released. A team that needs a nickel CB would be lucky to have him. Mark off SF because he wants to go to a contender not a sub .500 team.

  4. hack0059 says: Sep 26, 2013 12:34 AM

    Please come back to the Vikings…

  5. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Sep 26, 2013 1:05 AM

    Could I interest you in an 0-3 team with no prospects at quarterback?

  6. aat1001 says: Sep 26, 2013 1:11 AM

    Redskins could use a DB that can tackle.

  7. 702vikes says: Sep 26, 2013 1:39 AM

    vikings need you toine, come retire a viking and help us get a W!

  8. nfl4days says: Sep 26, 2013 1:45 AM

    New Orleans could always use some help in the secondary. He could be useful in nickel and at the very least help out in Corey whites development.

  9. slick3 says: Sep 26, 2013 3:16 AM

    Mr. Winfield… Oh, Mr. Winfield…Philadelphia on line one…

  10. footballwithoutpolitics says: Sep 26, 2013 4:16 AM

    Seattle will never win a Super Bowl, no way.

  11. packh8er says: Sep 26, 2013 5:11 AM

    This guy was a complete class act. I was pretty upset when the Vikes decided they didn’t want him, only to then decide they do. Of course now the Vikes secondary can’t stop anyone this year and he’d be a fool to consider a return to MN now…

  12. rohlo says: Sep 26, 2013 5:36 AM

    san diego chargers are calling on line 1….

  13. hess97 says: Sep 26, 2013 5:42 AM


  14. raiderufan says: Sep 26, 2013 7:10 AM

    Didn’t he grade exteremly high in 2012 as a slot guy?

    I understand the Seahawks not needing due to depth but plenty of “contenders” should be burning this cats phone up.

  15. schroeder84 says: Sep 26, 2013 7:42 AM

    It would make a ton of sense for the Bills to bring him in for at least the next few weeks.

  16. vottorific says: Sep 26, 2013 9:56 AM

    You listning Cincy?

  17. doubleogator says: Sep 26, 2013 11:08 AM


  18. Frazier28/7 says: Sep 26, 2013 11:56 AM

    Chicago Bears.

  19. sleepsoncouches says: Sep 26, 2013 3:09 PM

    There is no such thing as retirement papers.

  20. filthymcnasty1 says: Sep 26, 2013 10:13 PM

    Man, the Vikings are dumb. What a horrid franchise.

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