Redskins to host free agent CB Antoine Winfield Wednesday

March 25, 2013

Still looking for help in their secondary, the Washington Redskins will host veteran cornerback Antoine Winfield for a visit on Wednesday, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed.

Released this offseason by the Minnesota Vikings because he was due a 2013 salary of $7.25 million, the 35-year-old Winfield is entering his 15th NFL season.

The NFL Network first reported news of Winfield’s impending visit with the Redskins.

The Redskins are in the market for a cornerback after releasing DeAngelo Hall, who was owed $8.1 million. Last year’s third corner, Cedric Griffin, is now a free agent. Hall started at left cornerback last season an slid inside to cover wideouts when the Redskins faced three-receiver sets.

Winfield, who has spent the last nine seasons in Minnesota, is considered one of the better slot corners in the league despite his age. Last season, he recorded 101 tackles and three interceptions – one of those picks against the Redskins.

The Redskins, who began pursuing Winfield earlier this month, are one of several teams reportedly interested in him. And Vikings coach Leslie Frazier has said he would like to bring Winfield back at a lower salary.

Washington remains limited financially because of this year’s $18 million installment of a  $36 million salary cap penalty levied by the NFL last year. But holes remain in the secondary, where Josh Wilson is the only starting cornerback returning.

Washington last week signed four-year veteran E.J. Biggers., The former Tampa Bay Buccaneer has played on the outside and the inside, but is better suited for the outside. Second-year pro Richard Crawford and first-year player Chase Minnifield, who missed all of his rookie season after knee surgery, also hope to compete for roles in Washington’s defense.

If the Redskins are unable to sign a veteran, they are expected to draft a cornerback as well as a safety.

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.
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Mike Jones · March 25, 2013

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