EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Emotional ties weren't enough for the Minnesota Vikings to keep cornerback Antoine Winfield from finding a new team and a chance at an elusive Super Bowl ring.
Winfield, who will turn 36 in June, has reached an agreement with the Seattle Seahawks on a one-year deal, according to multiple reports. Winfield, a 14-year veteran, was released by the Vikings on the first day of free agency in a cost-cutting maneuver, saving Minnesota the 7.25 million he was due in the final year of his contract.
Adding Winfield, a three-time Pro Bowler in his nine seasons with the Vikings, gives Seattle one of the best secondaries in the NFL. He had visited with the Seahawks on Wednesday and had reportedly been mulling offers from Seattle and the Vikings, who made a move to re-sign one of their veteran defensive leaders even after cutting him.
In announcing Winfield's release, Minnesota general manager Rick Spielman kept open the possibility the cornerback could return. Coach Lesli...