Antoine Winfield Makes an Already Elite Secondary Even Better
The Seattle Seahawks recently signed veteran cornerback Antoine Winfield to a one-year deal, reportedly worth $3 million. Winfield opted not to re-sign with the Minnesota Vikings in favor of the deal with the Seahawks which will give him $1 million guaranteed.
Winfield may be 35-years of age, but he’s still one of the best slot corners in the NFL and will help make Seattle’s secondary even more effective in the nickelback role. Standing at only 5-foot-9, he isn’t going to use size to physically dominate smaller receivers like Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner, but his speed and quickness will make him very valuable in covering quicker slot receivers.
According to this tweet, Pro Football Focus ranked Winfield number one statistically among corners last season:
— Evan Silva (@evansilva) April 13, 2013
If that’s at all indicative of how those three will play this season, NFL offenses will will dread facing the Seahawks even more than they usually would.
It will be very interesting to see how the Seattle defense performs this year as expectations are already incredibly high. They already had the league’s best scoring defense last season, allowing just 15.3 points per game, and have only gotten stronger with big acquisitions in the offseason.
Assuming Winfield can contribute early and become a cohesive unit, this Seattle secondary could become one of the greatest secondaries in NFL history. Not only that, but if the other new signings play to their potential, we could become witness to one of the best NFL defenses in recent years.