Wiederer: Winfield surprised to learn of his release

  • Article by: DAN WIEDERER
  • Updated: March 13, 2013 - 11:45 AM

The cornerback was let go and didn’t seem to expect he would be brought back at a cheaper price.

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alexfreconMar. 12, 1310:31 PM

Good thing I know absolutely nothing about football, otherwise I'd say this was a stupid move.

hauts81Mar. 12, 1310:51 PM

I find it hard to believe Winfield was totally blindsided by this. I think it was Frazier who recently said it wasn't healthy for Winfield to be playing full-time anymore. They aren't going to pay a part-time guy $7.25 million, and apparently Winfield had made it known that he wasn't open to restructuring or taking a pay cut.

dougmac1Mar. 12, 1311:44 PM

The Vikings must have gained some advantage by waiting until the last minute to waive Winfield and keeping him in the dark until the last second. I would like to know what that advantage was as it would be the only justification for dumping him so coldly. I get that they don't want to pay $7.2 million per year for a part-time corner, and that they want to get younger across the board, but it is sad to see them be so cold. Lastly, this is quite a vote of confidence for Josh Robinson.

hauts81Mar. 12, 1311:57 PM

When is a good time to release a player? Maybe Spielman sees an opportunity ahead based on what happened on opening day of free agency, or maybe he just cut Winfield now to give him the best chance of latching on with a new team.

benny4540Mar. 13, 1312:07 AM

unbelievably stupid..........best player all around on the team, no class......winfield is the classiest hardest working best all around player on the team and is a warrior....every player now has to ask themselves, if that's how they treat antoine, and I ain't antoine, how they gonna treat me year to year........NO CLASS...yeah, cut the problem child, cool, but Winfield, you can't be so cold, y'all

jakescott2Mar. 13, 1312:49 AM

Disappointing that the Vikings organization couldn't be a little more respectful of a player who has meant as much to their team as Winfield has. Two of my favorite Vikes gone in two days. Who's next? Starting to look like the Vikes are going bargain basement now that they have their stadium deal in place.

nic1976Mar. 13, 1312:51 AM

All the moves that have/have not been made so far don't bother me one bit. Except this one. Winfield's value (on and off the field) to this team is nearly immeasurable. If the Vikes didn't want to pay him the sum that he was due under his contract, they should have found a more gracious way to work that out. I know it's a business, but c'mon. Treating his dismissal differently may have made him more inclined to sign for a reduced role and to a greatly reduced contract. Winfield will be missed!

alanam8Mar. 13, 13 1:00 AM

... seems like the Vikes opened up a LOT of cap space over the last couple of days. Hate to see Winfield go, but until we know what happens with all that cap space, I think the jury is out on whether or not this was smart.

toadspitMar. 13, 13 1:29 AM

Im sure the majority of us appreciate Antoine for his dedicated play for the past decade - We've been lucky to have him. I really hope he doesn't go out in poor public fashion. He's in a great position, really; he can latch on to a better team and try to win a Superbowl here in his twilight, or he can come back to the Vikings and make slightly less, but also play under looser restrictions and expectations.

northstars91Mar. 13, 13 1:38 AM

One of the best Viking players ever... Thank you Mr. Winfield for your years of dedication and outstanding effort.


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