Antoine Winfield's contract in Seattle tied heavily to performance
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Antoine Winfield will need to stay on the field to earn his money in Seattle.
The one-year contract Winfield officially signed with the Seahawks on Wednesday included a $500,000 signing bonus and a $1 million base salary, of which half is guaranteed, according to a source.
The rest of the money is tied up in a $500,000 roster bonus -- $31,250 for each game Winfield is active -- and $1 million in "not likely to be earned" incentives tied to playing time and interceptions.
That sets the maximum value of the deal at $3 million, roughly the same number the Minnesota Vikings floated to Winfield's agent when discussing a potential pay cut at the NFL combine in February.
They ended up cutting the 35-year-old cornerback shortly before free agency opened with no further negotiation, saving $7.25 million against the salary cap.
The Vikings subsequently tried to re-sign the veteran cornerback, reportedly offering a fully guaranteed one-year, $3 million deal. But after visits with the Washington Redskins and the Seahawks, Winfield opted to start over in Seattle, agreeing to terms of the deal on Friday.