Antoine Winfield couldn't crack a deep Seattle Seahawks secondary. The veteran cornerback might have taken that as a sign to end his lengthy NFL career.
Fox Sports' Jay Glazer reported Saturday that Winfield, who reportedly was going to be among Seattle's roster cuts, made the decision to retire from the league. Shortly thereafter, the Seahawks announced Winfield had been cut. Because of that, he now can collect $1 million in guarantees, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport.
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
It's a surprising decision by Winfield, who showed he had plenty left in the tank last season with the Minnesota Vikings. Winfield was released for salary-cap reasons in March, but the Vikings were one of several teams interested in the 36-year-old's services. He signed with the Seahawks in April, but he couldn't find a role in the NFL's deepest and most talented secondary.
A tactical error in free agency perhaps, but it doesn't sound like Winfield is wracked with regret. He played 14 seasons and went to three Pro Bowls. A nice run by a solid player.The "Around The League Podcast" is now available on iTunes! Click here to listen and subscribe.