Anyone could see the trade of Percy Harvin coming. The Minnesota Vikings departing with Antoine Winfield was the surprise as free agency began Tuesday.
The Vikings terminated the 35-year-old Winfield's contract to clear more space under the salary cap right before the marketplace opened. Then they finalized their deal with the Seahawks to send Harvin to Seattle for three draft picks, and re-signed right tackle Phil Loadholt to a multi-year contract, keeping a durable anchor of their offensive line off-limits to the rest of the league.
General manager Rick Spielman confirmed the moves at a news conference shortly after the NFL's free agent and trading period officially started. He said he had a ''very good conversation'' with Winfield about the decision, which he described as ''very tough'' to make.
''Antoine is a great football player for us. He's another one that's a tremendous leader and great what he does in this community,'' Spielman said. ''We definitely want to keep the doo...