Antoine Winfield picked the Seattle Seahawks but it wasn’t about the money.
The veteran cornerback agreed to a one-year contract with the Seahawks on Friday, turning down an offer to return to the Minnesota Vikings, who offered him a greater guarantee.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, the Seahawks will sign Winfield to a $3 million deal with $1 million guaranteed. The Vikings put a similar offer on the table but their proposal was fully guaranteed.
The Vikings released Winfield just prior to the opening of free agency in what was somewhat of a surprise move. The 35-year-old had a fine season for the club last year but he was set to earn $7.25 million this coming season, and ultimately the Vikings made a business decision.
Minnesota was dogged in its pursuit of Winfield with coach Leslie Frazier maintaining regular contact with him. Ultimately, a bigger guarantee couldn’t lure Winfield back.
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