Nov 25, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Minnesota Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield (26) reacts to being called for a penalty against the Chicago Bears during the second quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports
Veteran cornerback Antoine Winfield signed a one-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks in April, only to be one of the final roster cuts prior to the start of the NFL Season.
Rather than sign with another team and learn their defensive scheme while getting acclimated to a new team as the season began, Winfield opted to retire.
Now, he looks ready to end his brief retirement and try to make one more run at a Super Bowl ring:
Winfield may not be the same player he once was considering that he is now 36 years-old. He’s played 14 NFL seasons with the Buffalo Bills and Minnesota Vikings, recording 27 interceptions in the process, but he is perhaps best known for his elite tackling ability.
It seems crazy that the Bengals would sign another 30-something-year-old cornerback, but given the uncertainty surrounding Adam Jones as Terence Newman and Leon Hall battle injuries, not to mention Dre Kirkpatrick and Brandon Ghee never seem to be healthy, Winfield could not only be a good veteran presence on this team, but could very well see a lot of playing time very quickly.
In his career, Winfield has 27 interceptions, 11 fumble recoveries and 7.5 sacks.