Antoine Winfield has informed the Seattle Seahawks that he is going to retire, according to Fox Sports' Jay Glazer:
Antoine Winfield has informed the Seattle Seahawks that he is going to retire.— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) August 31, 2013
Pete Carroll took to Twitter following Winfield's decision:
Wishing Antoine Winfield the best in his decision to retire. He's a consummate pro and a great team player. We were lucky to have him!— Pete Carroll (@PeteCarroll) August 31, 2013
Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports previously reported that Winfield would be released.
Hearing that the Seahawks, so deep in the secondary, will be releasing CB Antoine Winfield.— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) August 31, 2013
Was releasing Winfield the right move for the Seahawks?
With Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner locking down the outside, Winfield was expected to fill in as a nickel or dime back. Walter Thurmond did an excellent job in that role last year, however, so Carroll apparently decided that the veteran was expendable.
Winfield may not be the same player he once was considering that he is now 36 years of age. The cornerback has played 14 NFL seasons with the Buffalo Bills and Minnesota Vikings, recording 27 interceptions in the process, but he is perhaps best known for his elite tackling ability.
After getting released by the Vikings, Winfield signed a one-year, $3 million contract with Seattle this offseason, according to Brian McIntyre of Yahoo! Sports.
On Antoine Winfield, received $500k to sign, has $1M base ($500k fully guaranteed), $500k in "per game" roster bonuses, $1m in incentives.— Brian McIntyre (@brian_mcintyre) August 31, 2013
Depending upon the language within the contract, it's possible that the Seahawks could save as much as $1.5 million by releasing him, per McIntyre.
If there's offset language on $500k base salary guarantee, Seahawks would save $1.5M by releasing Winfield.— Brian McIntyre (@brian_mcintyre) August 31, 2013
Prior to Winfield's announcement, La Canfora speculated that the Vikings and Washington Redskins might have been interested in trading for him if the Seahawks decided to take that route.
Always the chance Seattle could deal Winfield first - WSH and MIN had legit interest this offseason - but can be difficult this time of year— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) August 31, 2013
While Winfield would have likely drawn interest from other teams, he leaves behind a solid NFL career as he steps away from the game.
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