Seahawks will release veteran cornerback Antoine Winfield in their wave of
final cuts, according to CBSSports.com's Jason La Confora. Winfield was acquired by
the Seahawks this offseason via free agency to serve as their nickel corner for
a very deep defense. However, Winfield was unable to get a handle on the No. 3
job so instead, the 36 year-old former Viking will be released by Seattle. It
in unknown at this time if the Seahawks tried to actively shop Winfield before
the deadline, though there were rumblings of a possible trade Saturday morning.
appear that the Seattle coaching staff is quite comfortable with younger
options at the cornerback position such as Walter Thurmond III and Jeremy Lane.
Winfield is considered one of the stronger run-stopping corner’s in the league,
making him a logical nickel candidate for a team in need of bolstering their
secondary. At this stage in his career, Winfield will likely attempt to
seek-out a contender to end his Pro-Bowl career with.
Winfield’s departure, Walter Thurmond III will likely inherit the No. 3 job in
Seattle. Thurmond has had a spectacular preseason and looks like a legitimate
playmaker in the secondary. Though Thurmond has been plagued by injuries early
in his career, he has always been seen by Seattle’s coaching staff as a player
capable of starting should he remain healthy for 16 games. Evidently, that is
exactly what this young Seahawk defense is banking on.
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