It seems that the wait for Antoine Winfield to make a decision is over. He’s coming to Seattle to get one last chance at a ring.
We were told that he was “close” to a deal with the Seahawks yesterday, but then there was no word that anything had happened. Apparently, Viking’s coach Leslie Fraser made a last second push to get Winfield to return to Minnesota. There was even reports that a pair of other teams were trying to get involved.
In the end, Winfield decided that Seattle offered him the best chance at wining a Super Bowl in 2013.
Winfield will replace Marcus Trufant as the team’s nickel cornerback. Trufant played just under 30% of the team’s defensive snaps when he was in that roll a year ago, but I expect that having a corner back of Winfield’s ability will lead the team to play more nickel than they did a year ago.
The major question here is how much the Seahawks paid the soon-to-be 36 year old CB. Unless this deal is much smaller than expected, this addition to the team means another vet will likely be shown the door.
The Seahawks have a little cap flexibility, but not as much as people think. Winfield’s addition could mean that the Seahawks will be parting ways with Paul McQuistan or Michael Robinson. Either that, or they’ve decided that they’re not going to be able to re-sign Kam Chancellor.