After a bit of hemming and hawing, Antoine Winfield has at last gotten a contract extension from the Vikings. The new deal will reportedly pay the Pro Bowl cornerback $36 million over five years, with $16.1 million in guaranteed money. The big hang-up from the Vikings’ side was Antoine’s age – he’s 31, and would be 36 if he played till the end of the deal – but they covered themselves on that end by building a bunch of incentives into the contract.
Unless Antoine Winfield wants to play beyond 36, it appears he will get his wish and retire as a Viking. This leaves very little unfinished business from the contract side of things: the Vikes just need to sew up Phil Loadholt and Percy Harvin, and then get that quarterback guy from Mississippi taken care of, and we will be ready to roll.