Antoine Winfield is scheduled to visit the Seattle Seahawks on his free agent tour this week. The 5-9 and 180 pound cornerback is 35 years old and those numbers should mean that he is too old and small to be able to make a significant contribution. When it comes to numbers and measurables with Winfield you couldn’t be more wrong if you took them too seriously.
Winfield is coming off of another solid season with the Minnesota Vikings. The only reason he was released is because he was scheduled to earn over $7 million this upcoming season. It was a price the Vikings weren’t willing to pay moving forward. However, the Vikings wants him back because they know he’s still got enough gas left in the tank to be an asset.
For as good of a career as Winfield has had, it is surprising that his career high for intereceptions in a season is only four. Last year, he had three picks and continued to provide good coverage skills for the Vikings defense.
Winfield has made his reputation as being one of the toughest football players on the field every time he steps on it. One could say that he’s tough for a little guy. However, if he was over 6 feet tall and weighed over 200 pounds, he’d still be considered tough as nails. With Winfield, it’s not about size, it’s about heart, determination, and production and that’s why the Vikings would like to have him back.
Pete Carroll has a reputation for wanting big, tall and physical corners. He also has a reputation for taking players with unique skills and putting them in position to make plays. With Winfield he would be getting a dimunitive, yet amazingly physical nickelback who would fit in and make an aready great secondary even better.