Antoine Winfield will not be returning to the familiar territory of the Minnesota Vikings, opting for a change of scenery in the great northwest, agreeing to a one-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks, reports Josina Anderson of ESPN.
The Vikings released Winfield due to salary cap issues, but there was a big chance he would re-sign with them at a more cap-friendly deal. Winfield narrowed down his choices to either Minnesota and Seattle, but decided to take his career to another chapter, perhaps even contending for a Super Bowl ring in 2013.
“It was a very tough decision for me because of the relationships that I have in Minnesota,” Winfield told Anderson. “I’ve been there nine years. I’ve had some really great coaches, teammates and fans there. I’m very grateful to the Vikings organization for my experience.”
The Seahawks, of course are already set with their two starting corners Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman, but a veteran presence in that unit is always a plus; if anything, to keep both of them grounded and focused, especially Sherman.