Winfield reportedly agrees to one-year deal with Seattle.
Veteran cornerback Antoine Winfield has reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks, according to NFL.com.
Initial reports claim the deal is worth $3m, and brings to an end his tenure with the Minnesota Vikings who released him last month making him an unrestricted free agent.
Winfield, who turns 36 this season, visited the Seahawks on Tuesday after meeting with the Washington Redskins last week.
It would appear he has decided on a move to Seattle ahead of the new season, and will fit in as a slot corner for the Seahawks with starters Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner.
Speaking to ESPN’s Josina Anderson, Winfield was clearly delighted about starting this new chapter in his career:
“I’m definitely excited about the opportunity to play in Seattle. They’re a great football team. Those guys did an excellent job last season. They’re young, athletic and energetic. I’m excited to play with Richard [Sherman], Brandon [Browner], Kam [Chancellor] and Earl [Thomas] because they’re some of the most talented players on the defense in the NFL right now.”
Winfield was a Pro Bowl selection from 2008 to 2010 and had 101 tackles and three interceptions in 2012. He spent nine years in Minnesota and was very grateful to the Vikings organisation and departs after what he described as a “very tough decision because of the relationships I have there”.
His arrival follows that of Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett, as the Seahawks continue to impress in the off season market along with NFC West rivals the San Francisco 49ers.