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Updated: April 10th, 2013 5:16pm
Seattle bound? Antoine Winfield continues to weigh his options

Seattle bound? Antoine Winfield continues to weigh his options

by Judd Zulgad
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The Seattle Seahawks acquired wide receiver Percy Harvin in a trade from the Minnesota Vikings earlier this offseason and now appear to be close to signing cornerback Antoine Winfield.

Winfield and the Seahawks were closing in on getting a deal done Wednesday evening, according to an ESPN report. NFL Network reported later Wednesday that Winfield was in the process of deciding between the Seahawks and Vikings and described the situation as "very fluid."

An NFL source said the Seahawks and Winfield were "still working on," an agreement. Winfield arrived in Seattle on Sunday night to begin his visit and departed Tuesday.

Winfield, who was released by the Vikings in March, also met with the Washington Redskins last week.

The Vikings have been hoping to bring back Winfield. If he does not return to Minnesota, that means Chris Cook and Josh Robinson could be the starters outside with A.J. Jefferson also playing an important role.

Winfield remains a top slot cornerback in the nickel defense and would serve in that role with the Seahawks, who already have Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner playing on the outside.

Winfield had been due $7.25 million in base salary from the Vikings in the last year of his deal.

The Vikings first approached his representatives about a pay cut in February at the NFL scouting combine.

Winfield, 35, played 89.8% of the snaps last season (1,076 total, including playoffs) despite finishing the season with a broken right hand.

The Ohio State product joined the Vikings a free agent in 2004 after five seasons in Buffalo. He was entering the last year of the contract extension he signed in July 2009. Winfield had no bonus proration left on his deal, so the Vikings freed up $7.25 million in cap space with the release.

Staff Writer Tom Pelissero contributed 

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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