Antoine Winfield has played in the NFL for 14 seasons. He will be 36 years old by the time the Seahawks play their first regular season game this year. He signed for a 1-year, $3 million deal. If he’s not on the week 1 roster, he only receives $1 million. This is what you call a low-risk move.
It also has the potential to be a very high-reward move. For starters, he’s not a starter. Or, rather, he’s not slated to be a starter. If all things go according to plan, Antoine Winfield will be our #3 cornerback. He will fill the Marcus Trufant role on this team from last year. By all accounts, Winfield was very good in this role. In fact, in some circles, Winfield was rated as the #1 cornerback in football last year. Of course, a lot of that had to do with his ability to tackle and stop the run – he had 100 tackles last year, as a CORNER – but I say all the better. We’ve already got the best cover-corner in the NFL in Richard Sherman. We’ve also got a Top 20 guy in Brandon Browner. We don’t necessarily NEED Winfield to be the best cover guy. But, we will need someone to help out against the run, especially when we play teams like San Francisco, Minnesota, Houston, and the Giants.
Now, obviously, everything doesn’t always go according to plan. Last season, for instance, we lost Browner for four games due to suspension. No one saw that coming! And you NEVER see injuries coming (just ask Kobe)! So, it would be nice to know that while we don’t need Winfield to be a starting, every-down corner, he COULD be a starting, every-down corner if the unthinkable happens.
Of course, all of this will shake out in Training Camp. Who knows, maybe Winfield won’t even make the team! I doubt that, but I’ve been surprised before. Consider him another cog in the Seahawks Super Bowl machine. We’ve got some of the best starters in the league (especially at quarterback), we’ve got some of the best depth in the league (except at quarterback), and we’re still ten days away from the 2013 NFL Draft.
This year is going to be fun.