Cornerback Antoine Winfield opts to retire before Seahawks cut or trade him
Three-time Pro Bowl cornerback Antoine Winfield will retire from the NFL after a 14-year career, according to Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer.
The 36-year-old informed the Seattle Seahawks of his decision on the day the team was reportedly prepared to either trade or cut him.
Winfield signed a one-year, $2-million deal with the Seahawks this offseason after nine years in Minnesota and was expected to serve as the team’s slot cornerback.
Antoine Winfield has informed the Seattle Seahawks that he is going to retire.—
Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) August 31, 2013
A former Buffalo Bills first-round pick in 1999, Winfield spent five seasons in Buffalo before signing with the Vikings as a free agent. He retires with 27 interceptions, 897 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 14 forced fumbles and four defensive touchdowns.
Seattle head coach Pete Carroll called Winfield a “consummate pro” in a tweet.
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!—
Pete Carroll (@PeteCarroll) August 31, 2013