Report: Winfield hasn’t filed retirement papers


After veteran cornerback Antoine Winfield was cut by the Seahawks, he quickly announced a plan to retire.

That plan has not yet been formalized.

According to Sean Jensen of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Winfield’s agent said the player hasn’t filed retirement papers.

As we learned (over and over again) with quarterback Brett Favre, there’s no magic to the filing of retirement papers.  If a player is done, he’s done — with or without filing retirement papers.

And if the player files the papers, he can always un-file them and return to action.

Winfield’s agent, Ashanti Webb, also told Jensen that Webb has heard nothing from the Vikings about a possible return.

If Winfield plays, the Seahawks will get a dollar-for-dollar credit for the first $500,000 he earns, since he had $500,000 in guaranteed base salary.  Winfield also received a $500,000 signing bonus, which he’ll keep because he was cut.

Another question for Winfield arises not from filing retirement papers but from behaving as if he’s truly retired.  All retired players (i.e., players not employed by a team and not seeking employment) at the time Judge Anita Brody gives preliminary approval to the concussion settlement will be eligible for compensation if he has or develops a severe cognitive impairment.

Assuming Winfield is healthy, retiring now becomes insurance against the development of dementia, Alzheimer’s, or ALS.  While filing retirement papers isn’t required to prove that a player is retired, it wouldn’t hurt.

21 responses to “Report: Winfield hasn’t filed retirement papers

  1. Maybe he saw how lousy my team’s defense played last weekend and hasn’t retired because he’s waiting on his offer to Spielman to play for for 10 gazillion guaranteed dollars.

  2. Understandable. Just because he couldn’t make the Seahawks doesn’t mean he doesn’t have something left to offer teams. #BestSecondaryEver #WereComingForYouKaepernick

  3. Understandable. Just because he couldn’t make the Seahawks doesn’t mean he doesn’t have something left to offer teams. #BestSecondaryEver #WereComingForYouKaepernick

  4. Look, if the Seahawks cut Winfield outright, it’s probably because he just can’t play anymore.

    If he wants to play and he can play, he’ll be picked up by some team.

  5. NO idea why the Vikings have not contacted Winfield……..swallow the pride Spielmann and get on the phone!!!!

  6. LOL… I know it’s less than 750 million, but we’ll take that number just to play the high in the sake of argument. i’m not sure the exact amount of players involved in the lawsuit but also for the sake of argument we’ll take the lowest number I found at 4500.

    That’s approxiamately 168k lifetime benefits for this “fund”.

    According to, the average cost of treatment ranges from 55k to to 90k.

    Retiring now doesn’t provide squat for “protection against” alzheimers or dementia. It’s a drop in the bucket and it will come many years after the NFL money is gone.

    The settlement is an insult and the players were foolish not to take it to court.

  7. It’s a good idea for him to wait it out. He still may get a call and an offer. It’s very early in the season and a starting CB could get hurt during any game. Just because he didn’t make the Seahawk’s final 53 doesn’t mean he can’t play. It pains me to say it but they have a very good backfield. I believe he can and will end up somewhere by seasons end.

  8. He might play again but not in Minnesota. He wants to play for a playoff contender, not the 0-2 Vikings.

    Wait you say, they are not 0-2, let’s talk again on late Sunday afternoon.

  9. CrACKRON product would look mighty good in those brown and orange uniforms. I mean what’s the harm? Seriously, who are we developing in the secondary, specifically CB? McFadden has a long way to go and Skrine is burnt toast. Heck, lets get Sheldon Brown back for that matter. Point is, very little dough and no long term commitment with tons of cap space at least it will make one side of the Browns squad watchable.

  10. No reason to retire. With the way DBs are getting hurt and the no huddle offenses, he could make a tidy sum just playing a handful of games.

  11. I love that Detroit putting 8 TDs (league stole half of them back) is the catalyst for all of this panic. Going to be seeing you all again real soon, too.

  12. As a die hard Viking fan, I predicted before the season began, my squad would finish 5-11 , 6-10 best! I pray it’s more like 1-15…. With Ponder leading this team, we instantly suck. I’m hoping Teddy Bridgewater is our QB next year, this team is solid and has a ton if pieces…. Coaching needs to change, and QB for sure

  13. He must have watched Monday Night Football and realized that there is a rich owner in DC who is now desperate for an experienced corner.

  14. I’m surprised that the Eagles haven’t called him yet.
    Even at his age, Winfield is still better than any of the Eagles backup corners.

  15. I wouldn’t mind seeing the Pack give him a try at safety next to Burnett. I respected him on the vikes for his CB play, so I got to believe he can play Safety. If the Pack can shore up the safety position I like their chances with a SF rematch in the playoffs.

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