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Report: CB Winfield Headed To Seattle

By Liz Mathews



CB Antoine Winfield will join the fearsome Seattle defense. Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images.
CB Antoine Winfield will join the fearsome Seattle defense. Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images.

Free agent cornerback Antoine Winfield has agreed in principle to a one-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks. ESPN’s Josina Anderson first tweeted the news Friday afternoon. Seattle has yet to confirm this report.

"I'm definitely excited about the opportunity to play in Seattle,” Winfield told Anderson. “They're a great football team. Those guys did an excellent job last season. They're young, athletic and energetic. I'm excited to play with Richard [Sherman], Brandon [Browner], Kam [Chancellor] and Earl [Thomas] because they're some of the most talented players on defense in the NFL right now."

Winfield was originally drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the first round of the 1999 NFL Draft and spent five seasons with the team before joining the Minnesota Vikings in 2004. For Minnesota, Winfield was named to the “50 Greatest Vikings” team in 2010, the AP’s 2nd Team All-Pro in 2008 and was selected to the Pro Bowl roster from 2008-2010.

Released by the Vikings last month, the team continued to pursue Winfield actively in recent weeks. Despite rumored interest around the league, numerous reports indicated that Winfield’s decision had been narrowed down to Minnesota and Seattle.

At 35, Winfield will become the oldest player on the Seahawks roster.