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Antoine Winfield reportedly will consider NFL return

When Antoine Winfield decided to hang up the spikes after being released by the Seattle Seahawks during final cuts, the cornerback's agent wisely held off on filing the required retirement paperwork.

The 14-year veteran now is working out in Houston and will consider a return to the NFL if he finds "the right situation," ESPN's Josina Anderson reported Wednesday.

Although logic dictates a player of Winfield's stature would place a high priority on joining a contender, a reunion with the Minnesota Vikings appears to be the most likely scenario.

"Antoine definitely appreciates coach (Leslie Frazier), and some of his best friends in life play on that team right now," agent Ashanti Webb told Sean Jensen of the St. Paul Pioneer Press two weeks ago. "He was there for basically a decade, so Minnesota will always hold a special place in his heart. But I haven't heard anything substantive from them to bring back to Antoine."

The inference is clear: Winfield indeed does have interest in returning to Minnesota if the feeling is mutual.

Asked Wednesday if Winfield might be a possibility, general manager Rick Spielman replied, "I can't rule (out) anything. You never know."

Three members of the Vikings' secondary missed practice Thursday. Something tells us the wheels already might be in motion for Winfield to join the team in London.

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