Antoine Winfield Tries to Explain His Absence


Antoine Winfield has elected not to participate in any of this week’s OTAs, which would not be a big deal except that he also skipped mandatory minicamp, using a funeral as an excuse, and all because he is unhappy about still not having a contract extension worked out with the team.  On Thursday, Winfield finally made a verbal statement to go with the rather large non-verbal statement he already made by blowing off the mandatory camp and OTAs.

“I want all to know that I’m not at OTA’s because I don’t want to be there,” Winfield said.  “I do want to be there! As I have stated before, I want to finish my career a Viking.”

Antoine’s phrasing is, needless to say, incredibly awkward and totally misleading unless you read the whole thing, which makes it abundantly clear that he really would prefer to be on the practice field with his teammates but has decided to make it about him and his contract.  I think Antoine is reacting somewhat based on what went down with Matt Birk last year, when Birk was apparently expecting at least to talk to the Vikings about a contract extension, but found himself being shut out.  The difference is that Birk only skipped voluntary activities, hardly an odd thing for a veteran to do anyway, while Antoine bailed on a mandatory portion of the off-season program, albeit for a seemingly legitimate reason.

Antoine may be thinking now that, if they’d do Birk like that – make him sweat it until after the season, then throw a low offer on the table – they will also do him, which perhaps makes him feel unappreciated.  Unfortunately Antoine, like Birk, is getting up in years, and may not be worth the risk a long-term contract would entail.  So he and the team appear to be at an impasse.  One hopes Antoine will finally elect to just suck it up and go out there and do the job he’s being paid to do – he still has a year left on his deal – knowing the team has a chance to be pretty good this year, and needs him on-board if they are to realize that potential.

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  • jeege

    I wish they’d just offer him a lucrative two year. They have the space and the guy is playing at an astounding level and should stay there for at least a couple more years.

    I don’t get this at all.

  • Mike

    What does Antoine Winfield accomplish by missing practices?  I heard the last time he did that he had injury problems.  Then he will really get low contract offers from all teams.

  • AlldayEH

    Don’t get me wrong Wins AWSOME. But hes also old. How long and how much will they have to pay, for a guy whos almost at the end of the line. Too much. I say, see ya later, like they did to Sharper, and start Asher Allen. Tyrell worked out good. Lets give it a try. See what happens. Win got burnt lots last year anyways. To old to slow.  GO VIKINGS.      Screw farve thtat greenbay peice of crap. Him not giving an awnser by now only shows hes in it for him self and not the team. SELFISH. Stick with what we have. It got us a div win last year, and we’ll only do better this year with some talented rookies and a health defence. THINK ABOUT IT.

  • Mike

    AlldayEH wants the Vikings to have only poor young guys.

  • jeege

    I’m trying to remember one time, just once that Winfield got burnt last year.

    Nope, nothing.

  • AlldayEH

    maybe you should try watching the actual vikings games insted of the training camp videos.. BUT don’t get me wrong Wins awsome. Just getting old.

  • jeege

    Dude.  When was the last time you watched a Vikings game yourself? Must have been when Winfield was still with the Bills. You must have been watching some other #26 getting burned because I have no clue what your talking about.

    Not only did I obsess over every play of every game last year, I was at training camp bitch. Not watching some fucking Youtube video.

    Fact is, he was one of the most dominant corners in the league last year against every top receiver for every team that we played. And he. Was. Not. Burned. He hasnt lost a step at all.

    Or maybe you were getting Sharper confused with him? Perhaps that’s it. In that case, I’d agree with you! Sharper is old and slow. He no longer plays for us, in fact. So you neednt worry your pretty little head any longer EH?

  • Injury Man

    Rookie cornerback Asher Allen was not on the field Thursday after undergoing an athroscopic procedure on one of his knees.

  • Injury Man

    Maybe the Vikings can also relegate T-Jack’s workout buddy, Ray Edwards, to second string.  Vikings Update reports “Defensive end Brian Robison is having a standout offseason for the Vikings, applying pressure on the quarterbacks regularly.”

  • Mike

    Brian Robison, 6-3 259, claims as a freshman he ran the 40 in 4.40, although he had only a 4.68 at the combine? (AD is 4.37)

  • All Day 28

    Winfield is one of the most underrated CB’s in the NFL and the reason why is because he never gets a ton of int’s. He isnt a ball hawking CB, that has never been his style, he is a coverage guy that doesnt let Wr’s get by him and burn him, and not to mention if they do catch the ball on him, no way in hell will they get by him with his tackling. Im sure a deal will get ironed out. I’d love for him to be there for a couple more years to help with the young guys like Griffin, Asher, Johnson, that way they have a vet to ask question’s and mold themselves around

  • Mike

    On June 5, Pro Football Weekly announced the results of its poll “Should Brett Favre retire?”  An impressive 14,185 respondents, or 81 percent of those voting, answered “no” to the question. Only 3,310 readers voted “yes.”  WOW, the Favre-haters sure are vocal big mouths for their small numbers!!!

  • Mike

    Mike Ditka on Brett Favre: “people who watched him play last year know that he can still play football and play at a very high level.”  Ditka may be on to something here, maybe the Favre haters didn’t watch him last year, especially before he aggravated his bicep.  Or maybe they are just football stupid, I don’t know.

  • All Day 28

    Mike we all know this is a what have you done for me lately kind of game. Haters are gonna remember that he threw 22 int’s and only 22 td’s, but they arent gonna make a huge statement about how the jets went from 4 and 12 to 9 and 7 and almost made the playoff’s on just bringing in Favre, not alone from that stat was how Thomas Jones went from Scoring 2 total TD’s in the year before Favre then to 15 touchdowns total, plus his yards per attempt went up almost an entire yard. They wanna remember the Favre that guided the Jets to a 1 and 4 record the last 5 games of the year when his shoulder was hurt compared to the 8 and 3 start that he led them to when healthy and not to mention how they beat the Undefeated Titans

  • Mike

    Since Danzinski won’t, I will report the Favre news on NFL.com yesterday.  Childress said he didn’t have a deadline in mind for Favre to make a decision.  Favre’s agent said he was still retired but then touted his ability.  As if he were trying to sell the Vikings on a contract, he said, “I would think they would pull out all the stops if they want to get the guy. I think Brett Favre just brings a whole new ballgame to any ballclub. That’s no reflection on the guys that are on their team at quarterback right now, but Brett’s in a different league than most.”  Cook declined to comment on Favre’s condition, citing client confidentiality.  My conclusion: Favre is either trying to pop his tendon or pretending he is to miss OTAs before he signs with the Vikings.
     

  • Mike

    Also on NFL.com, add Vikings TE Visanthe Shiancoe to the list of Vikings who want Favre: “Favre as a player, he’s a Hall of Famer and brings great ability. Of course he would be an asset, to have a Hall of Fame player passing to me. But we do have Sage and T.J. here now working hard and building camaraderie with the team and fitting in with the offense.”

  • AlldayEH

    Well I’m surpised, all you farve lovers call yourself Vikings fans. Their are two QBs in training camp right now working their asses off, learning the system and improving their skills. You fl’s always mention last year, when farve played for the jets, “Oh, he brought them from a 4-12 to a 9-7, he’s a hall of famer, BLAH,BLAH,BLAH”. Ya he improved the team, BUT did they make the playoffs? Hmmm. I know the Vikings did and with out farve. They also won 10 games and their div. Jets none of the above. Farves playing his stupid games again, and I’ll laugh and shake my fist at you stupid nitwits, when farve signs late and the Vikings finish behind greenbay and the bears!!!! Also who cares if he threw 22 ints, thats better than gus. The Vikings system doesn’t call for an top QB, its got a hall of fame RB, in which the system is built around. If Sage can simple toss a bomb down feild occasionally and handle little dink and dunk plays, ALLDAY will do the rest. Then to add from last year, we have a HEALTHY EJ, ALLEN, PAT which were all missing during the wildcard, except ALLEN who was playing with a torn bicept and an other injury which excapes me at the moment. We also have HARVIN which will take alot of the coverage off AP and will open the offence greatly. Plus a better oline this year, it may not look it but Sage can run. All this in the mix for this season, will equal SUPERBOWL. So to all you farve lovers, I give you the one finger salute, and wave as I watch you traitors cross the line to greenbay and become fans. REAL VIKING FANS DON’T CHEER OR WON’T ANY DIV NORTH RIVALS ON OUR SUPERIOR TEAM!!! WE DON’T NEED THAT CRAP OR WANT IT.

  • Mike

    AlldayEH, talk about BLAH,BLAH,BLAH.

  • Dave

    My, my…what a contentious bunch!!  :-)   I don’t give a shit who is under center…just get ‘er done is what I say and may the best team win!!!  Go Percy!!!  Gonna be fun to watch this year I yell ya.

  • Mike

    Dave, OK, as long as I don’t have to watch Chilly slamming the greatest RB of all time into defenses loading the box for the third year in a row. 

  • All Day 28

    AllDayEH, way to copy the only All Day thats ever been on this site responding and posting threads and thats is me All Day 28. So we dont cheer on Div north rivals on our superior team huh ? So what your saying is last year anytime Berrian caught a ball or a nice touchdown grab, you werent cheering him, since he came from Chicago ? Whenever Longwell add our extra point conversion’s or made his field goals, especially the last regular season game of the year against the Giants which sealed the Divison win for us, you dont mean to tell me you were hoping he would miss that field goal, or for the matter any field goals or extra point attempts, because before the Vikings he was a Packer ? How bout this one, When Darren Sharper was playing saftey for us and did a nice job over his career while he was in Minnesota, did you root for him to never get a int or make a tackle that could have saved a touchdown, since before becomming a Viking he was a Packer ??? So Riddle me this and Riddle me that, THINK BEFORE YOU POST STUPID SHIT THAT MAKES YOU LOOK IGNORANT AS HELL !!!!!!

  • AlldayEH

    FIRST of all. I am IGNORANT and to boot I cheer espially loud everytime the TEAM scores. Ya the TEAM. And to add, ALLDAY is APs nick name and28 is his number, so don’t be trying to tell me its YOURS. Cause YOU aint no AP and YOU will never beeeeee.  I’ll tell you something, THE EH is because I’m CANADIAN, the ALLDAY is because hes spectacular, and arguable the best in the NFL since he entered the league. Also, I made the eight hour trip to your country to see that game(giants vs VIKINGS), which was AWSOME. I lost my voice for three days and almost got kicked out for harrasing giants fans so badly. Its so disappointing to hear all these so called fans, try and talk big game. BUT couldn’t show up for the FIRST HOME PLAYOFF GAME IN A WHILE. I would of been their, but unfortunatly it cost money and takes alot of time to make it to Min and buy tickets. Sharper SUXS, Berrian, is a good deep threat. But still just average. Longwell missed some potenial game winning kicks. Gotta go got better things to do…… Well no I don’t.

  • All Day 28

    Well as a REAL fan you have to embrace the players on the team that we have, no matter where they have come from, even if it is a division RIVAL, so yes its very brash to hear a so called true fan saying that we don’t want any division rivals on our own team. Especially when they are difference makers like Berrian. He had a great season for a team with our horrible QB situation and not to mention Run first team. So when Brett finally come’s back and puts on a Purple Minnesota Vikings # 4 jersey, just embrace it, its going to happen. You can bitch, moan, and complain all you want, but im sure you will be singing a different tune if he finally brings a Ring to our team. Another thing that Brett will bring is publicity, which we need badly at the moment because of them wanting to move the team to Los Angeles. So bring in Favre, get some revinue because of him and hope for the best. It might be the only chance to keep the team in Minnesota, so that you can make the 8 hour trip to see them play, instead of having to go to Los Angeles for a home game

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    amen, ad28, amen. i’ve been sayin this for quite some time now and all you guys that are on this site as regulars know me. i’m not a vikes fan, but a lifelong resident in this area, and have family that live and die in purple. my uncle always says, ” i don’t want to live and die in L.A.” i’m sure most of you got the pun?……anyway ad28 is rite, dead on. this team is poised for a championship, even if farve does’nt come, you cheer for whoever you have. but i believe that farve will play and that is the fire that is needed to peek a greater interest in keeping this team here. i’ve been to a lot of viking games, (my uncle is a lifelong season ticket holder), and i’ve seen alot of empty seats over the years even in some big game situations. with the costs of these games escalating to the point they’ve gotten, and some like the one in texas costing 1.5 BILLION $, think about the metdome? they gotta do something to fill it, and provide revenue to replace it down the road. winning will DO just that……..so bring in who you may, as one other dave said “just get er done.” hey look for my uncle at these games. he wears a too small, worn out old franny tarkenton jersy. this thing is authentic to the mid 70′s. i shit you not. he only wears it to games. he’s had big name autographs on it. he’s let some visiting fans sign it. he’s had pictures taken of people touching his jersy, his favorite is him in the middle of 4 viking cheerleaders with his jersy on. he looks like larry the cableguy.

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    he also wears his favorite vikings cap. this thing is 20 years old. he bought it when my daughter was born and is his “lucky vikes cap.” he has at least 50 different vikes caps, but he wears this one to the games too. all faded out ole purple, sweat stained to beat the band, with an old time single bar facemask viking football helmet on it like the one fran used to wear. old school all the way. when he comes on this site to talk in the future it will be as “OLD SCHOOL VIKE” …..coming soon

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    also i noticed the article from “know your dallas cowboys” blog about the improbable cowboy win in the ’75 playoff game. my uncle was there. he still refers to the hail mary and “the bastards of ’75″…….when talkin of the cowboys. he’s on film as a fan shaking fran’s hand after the game. he vowed to wear his franny jersy to every game from then on………this man is one of the greatest viking fans ever. i’ll let you guys know some of his buddies look to him for viking news before they read or believe anything they read or hear. he comes hear alot to check it out, but has only commented once on my replys. he says, “davy, your doin my vikes proud, to bad you like dem bastard cowboys.” he’s viking royality in the fan community…….hope to talk him into veiwing his opinion here????????? he says “deese blogs are bullshit.”????? i really enjoy them, but he does seem to interested. he does like “mike” though. he calls him the “get damn farve guy.” go mike!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    oh and the crazy viking on the harley? he’s got a picture with him, and he knows him!!!!!!!!!

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    i let him read this, he says “he aint postin nothin”. “let em play, thats how we are gonna do our talkin.” ” petey’s gonna run like a deer this year……he’ll break 2000″……we’ll be at the big cowboy/viking preseason finally……look for us.

  • Mike

    Hey guys, “get damn farve guy” here.  I am happy to report that my following post on the Minnesapolis Star Tribune web site was selected over hundreds of other posts for publication in yesterdays printed newspaper right next to a picture of Brett Favre:

    “I agree with oddsmakers that predict a very tight race again in the NFC North, especially against the Bears and possibly also the Packers. If the Vikings get Favre, I think they become the clear favorite.”

  • AlldayEH

    A dallas fan talking about the VIKINGS.. Wow..  You should worrie about your AMERICAS team, cause with out TO, Homos gonna look like a bigger bag of shit. Ya,ya I know you got rings. But come on now that was HOW long ago. P.S Its people like you who live in MIN and don’t cheer for your team. MOVE TO DALLAS ALREADY….. 2 of my good buds are Philly fans and they would like to send their regards with laughter, and a one finger salute. Philly gonna win that div, so MIN can shove a football right up mcoverrateds ASS. GO VIKINGS

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    first off let me correct you on a couple of points. i realize that you are canadian, but i also am of french canadian desent. first, worry is spelled with a Y. why i do not know, but it is? romo is not a homo. bag of shit?, maybe. i’m not bragging about rings, i’m just admiring my uncles strong dedication to his prized vikings. i follow the cowboys because my dad was a huge roger staubach fan, and he introduced them to me. i’ve been to dallas, and have no desire to return. good for your buddies, sorry to hear about the philly problems, i got a good buddy myself that’s all philly too. no need to stand and salute me though, can’t understand that one?????????? my guess is that philly should be the favorite to win it also, the giants will be tough, but i think the cowboys can produce with the running game and a good D, (just like you guys) we’ll succeed in that div. oh, and romo may be bag of ****, but he’s still better than anything the vikes have at this point. all you farve supporters answered that one for me already. hey thanks ffor the comments though, copycat adeh…….hey go vikes too, better warn your buddies about the plan you have for their asses, and you say romo’s the homo????

  • AlldayEH

    LOL, thats how we spell it in CANADA. EH. Well I’ll sum up my crazyness for ya. If your not on one of my fantasy leagues or on the VIKINGS(an exception for some-farve), your a bag of shit. WARES AWSOME.

  • Mike

    AlldayEH, I may have to order some Rosseta Stone tapes for the Canadian language, before I can understand anything you write.

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    mike this (worries)me., because i understand him. my uncle is in your corner man. he says “if more fans like mike would get on their HORN and do the vikes blow, they’d listen. it’ll take that to get farve, and it’ll take that to keep our boys here.” he says keep it up mike, he backs you…..