Seattle Seahawks Plan To Release Antoine Winfield


Dec 16, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; Minnesota Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield (26) tackles St. Louis Rams wide receiver Austin Pettis (18) during the second half at the Edward Jones Dome. The Vikings defeated the Rams 36-22. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

Jason La Confora of CBS is reporting that corner back Antoine Winfield will be among the cuts made later today by the Seattle Seahawks

This move is a bit surprising because the Seahawks signed Winfield this offseason to help upgrade the team’s ability to cover slot receivers. Winfield was one of the bigger names available in free agency this year, and now he’s back on the market again.

On the other hand, Winfield is 36. Signing him was always a bit out of character for the Seahawks. This is an organization that has worked very hard to become one of the youngest in the league. The 36 year old CB was going to have to be decidedly better than the other backup CBs on the roster to make it, and that wasn’t the case.

The play of Walter Thurmond has been noticeably better in camp. Many fans will question keeping the oft-injured youngster over the veteran, but that is what the Seahawks have decided to do here.

Cutting Winfield saves the Seahawks approximately $1 million in cap room.