MANKATO, Minn. Antoine Winfield is entering his 14th NFL season at age 35 and is still considered, in many ways, the Minnesota Vikings' top cornerback.
He's certainly their most experienced. With 181 games under his belt, he leads a group of corners in which only Chris Carr has played more than three NFL seasons. The other 10 cornerbacks in training camp for Minnesota have a combined 14 years of experience and have played a total of 198 games.
Being surrounded by that type of inexperience could make Winfield feel old. In a training camp with Winfield for the first time though, new defensive coordinator Alan Williams doesn't think his veteran cornerback got the message he's getting older.
"I don't think anybody told him that," Williams said. "I don't know if he's aware of that, so you have to go check with him to see if he's aware that he's getting older because I looked at yesterday's practice and there's nothing that says he is slowing down or wearing down or whatever verbiage ...