La Canfora noted that the Seahawks might attempt to shop Winfield before releasing him. A team interested in padding its roster with one of the NFL's better run-stoppers might listen, but Winfield primarily is a nickel-type at this stage in his career. Parting ways with the former Minnesota Vikings Pro Bowl cornerback suggests the Seahawks like what they see in Jeremy Lane and Walter Thurmond III in support of starters Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner.
Carroll repeatedly has talked about the depth Seattle has built with the help of independent-minded general manager John Schneider. The organization views the cornerback position differently than other teams, pursuing a string of taller and more physical cover men. During our NFC West preview on Friday's "Around The League Podcast," we cited the Seahawks as the NFL's deepest team. It's a tough squad for an outsider to latch onto, something Winfield learned Saturday.
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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!â Pete Carroll (@PeteCarroll) August 31, 2013