Winfield Talks Break Down

The Pioneer-Press reports that negotiations between Antoine Winfield and the Vikings on a contract extension have hit a big fat snag:

The agent for Pro Bowl cornerback Antoine Winfield said in a text message Sunday night that talks of an extension with the Vikings have broken down.

“There are no active negotiations and there are no further talks planned,” Ashanti Webb said in a text message.

Asked how he feels about that, Webb said, “Disappointed. Very disappointed.”

Webb did not return follow-up messages asking whether he or the Vikings cut off talks and whether Winfield would attend the team’s mandatory mini-camp later this month.

Winfield has a history of employing hold-out strategies – he skipped OTAs a couple years ago because he didn’t like some personnel decisions – but I don’t really see him skipping mandatory camps over this.  I think he’s committed to winning and will show up even if he’s unhappy about his contract.  And if he doesn’t show up then, well, my opinion of him will have to slip a couple of notches.  There’s a time to make it about you and a time to make it about the team, and given the position this team is in, for Antoine to be selfish now would be inexcusable.

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