Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield released for financial reasons
The Minnesota Vikings continued to make headlines this off-season on Tuesday by releasing veteran cornerback Antoine Winfield because of monetary reasons.
Tom Pelissero on ESPN Twin Cities broke the news via his Twitter account.
BREAKING: #Vikings just released Antoine Winfield.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 12,2013
The 13-year NFL veteran made 101 tackles, his most since the 2003 NFL season, and three interceptions last season and was due $ 7.25 million for the 2013 but the Vikings wanted Winfield to take a pay cut, according to NFL.com.
Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said in a Feb. 25 article from 1500ESPN that he wanted Winfield back playing for Minnesota but in a reduced role and could explain why they want to restructure his contract.
“I hope going forward that’s not the case, that he doesn’t need to be playing 60, 70 snaps (a game),” said Frazier. “It’s not good for him. I don’t think it’s the best thing for our team. We need him to be able to stay healthy, help us in the classroom, help us on the field.”
The Vikings are now left with two young cornerbacks, 2010 second round selection Chris Cook and Josh Robinson, picked in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft.