Dec 9, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield (26) tackles Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte (22) during the first quarter at the Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Antoine Winfield Joins the Seahawks

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.

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  • Rob

    I’m sure all these free agency moves will pan out big for the Seahawks just like they have for the Bucs, the Eagles, and the Redskins.

    • All Coug’d Up

      Just wondering out loud here, what were either of those teams before they went out and got their “big signees?” Were they in the discussion as Super Bowl favorites BEFORE their FA signings? Don’t worry, I’ll wait….

      No? See, cause the Seahawks were in that discussion with something called a “proven nucleus of players.” Even if the players aren’t as good as advertised, the Seahawks will be in that race this year, because everybody already here IS as good as advertised.

  • Trakar

    There’s a difference between trying to bring in a few ready to retire names in the game to try to build something special around (ahem,..Bucs, Eagles, Redskins, Niners, etc.) and shoring up with a little veteran depth and talent around what has already proven to be a potent and explosive offense and a punishing, league-leading defense (Seattle). But then grapes always look a little sour when others have them, and you have none.

  • ricefield

    Winfield better be very good next year if it costs a starting guard or FB. The other guards, Carpenter, Sweezy, and Moffitt aren’t exactly Steve Hutchinson. Carpenter and Moffitt use full use of their medical benefits. Sweezy may be ok run blocking but he imitates a revolving door as a pass blocker at times. I can’t forget seeing Sweezy getting pushed into Wilson’s face late in the Atlanta game on a critical 3rd down.

    Getting a vet to fulfill a need is one thing but to get a vet and create a hole in another position is questionable. Especially for a 1 year player. I refuse to believe that Pete feels Winfield for 1 year is better than losing Chancellor after 2013.

    Also, LB must not be that difficult a position to fill. No talk of a replacement at all. I guess Smith must have done well enough last year or another starting rookie.

  • Hawkman54

    1. Carpenter will be fully healthy this year and look for him to be a Big improvement to the O-line. 2. They need to make decision at RG and live with it, either Moffitt has improved his strength or Sweezy has learned how to pass block? 3. I don’t see them giving Kam a HUGE deal, He is Great against the run but woeful in pass D. 4. The FA guys the Hawks have picked up are all young Except Winfield , and he will be in competition with Thurmond, who is healthy for the first time in two years and anyone will be an improvement on Trufant!