Antoine Winfield Still Deciding Between Seahawks, Vikings

Nov 25, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Minnesota Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield (26) reacts to being called for a penalty against the Chicago Bears during the second quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Antoine Winfield situation is yet to be resolved, despite reports late Wednesday afternoon saying he was headed for Seattle. As of Thursday morning there is still no final word on where Winfield will be playing in 2013. He could very well still head to Seattle. But according to Chris Wesseling of NFL.com, the Vikings have a shot to retain his services.

But do the Vikings really have a shot? You have to wonder what is really happening here. Winfield visited Seattle and though we don’t know the details of the visit, just going by what we know about that organization, you have to believe he liked what he saw. Certainly Seattle is better positioned than the Vikes to make a run. They have a top QB in Russell Wilson and a great defense. And oh by the way they also have Percy Harvin now.

Certainly Winfield, at his age, would prefer to play for a contender. Are the Vikings contenders? That depends on who you ask. Of course there’s also that other factor in play. Winfield was reportedly treated shabbily by Rick Spielman the day he was cut from the team. We were led to believe initially that Winfield would absolutely not return to Minnesota. But that cooled off, possibly after Winfield tested the market and found it not exactly hot.

You have to wonder how much the “angry at Rick Spielman” factor even plays into this. My suspicion? Winfield is still ticked at the Vikings and would prefer to leave. But it’s not like teams are exactly beating down his door. At least he’s gotten an offer from Seattle. But how big was that offer? I’m just guessing here by the way things played out on Wednesday, but I have to believe Seattle tried to lowball Winfield. And that’s why, all of a sudden, the Vikings were back in the running. Winfield’s agent probably got that out there as a way of goosing Seattle into upping their offer a little bit.

So is Winfield using the Vikings to leverage more money out of Seattle or is he really mulling a return to Minnesota? Unless another team jumps in, it appears to be Seattle or Minnesota – or nowhere – for the great cornerback.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/mike.holly2 Mike Holly

    Winfield is only a third CB now but Vikings cant afford to let him get away to Seahawks. The Seahawks keep seeking revenge on the Vikings over Hutch.

  • burbankTJ

    come home AW!

  • http://www.facebook.com/daniel.laxen Daniel Laxen

    I figured that the other article about how Antoine was treated was BS! The fact that the Vikings are still in play shows that…Spielman gave him the chance to cash in before the free agent market kicked off…The business side is evidently the side people still don’t quite get…The longer his goes the better for the Vikings I’d imagine?

  • The Truth

    Dan Zinsky is Wisconsin Badger fan (search google and you find he was a blogger for that team) and probably a Packer fan (Wisconsin native).

    He original wrote the hatchet job on the vikings that Rick Spielman treated Winfield poorly vs. now writing it has reported. That is the way the original article should have been written as since Tom P. from 1500 espn wrote a different version of the story and sounds to me more accurate.

    I’m writing to Sports Illustrated to get rid of the link for this poor excuse of a writer. He has no business writing for any team and specifically, for the Vikings.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mike.holly2 Mike Holly

    This article needs to be updated after Winfield joined Seahawks. Those dam Vikings!