Antoine Winfield considering other offers in advance of visit with Redskins

March 26, 2013

Josh Wilson (26) is the only proven starting cornerback returning for Washington. (Associated Press)

Although he is scheduled to pay the Redskins a visit Wednesday, free agent cornerback Antoine Winfield is also considering offers from at least two other teams, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

One of the teams interested in the services of the three-time Pro Bowl player is the Minnesota Vikings, Winfield’s employer for the last nine seasons. The Vikings released Winfield earlier this month because he was owed a salary of $7.25 million.

A person familiar with Winfield’s thinking said the 36-year-old defensive back has received “other offers.” Winfield is intrigued by the prospect of playing for the Redskins, but he might accept another offer and cancel his visit to Redskins Park, the person said. It wasn’t clear whether Winfield has scheduled visits with other teams.

As of Tuesday afternoon, however, it was expected that Winfield would go through with his planned visit to Washington’s headquarters.

Winfield, regarded as one of the top nickel corners in the league, has taken a judicious approach to free agency and is said to be placing the highest priority on finding the perfect fit rather than deciding solely on financial terms.

The Redskins need a cornerback to cover slot receivers following the release of DeAngelo Hall, who held down those duties last season. Hall’s release saved Washington $8.1 million against the cap. The Redskins last week signed four-year veteran E.J. Biggers, who had spent all of his young career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He can play on the outside or cover receivers in the slot, but seems better suited on the outside.

Josh Wilson is poised to return for his third season at right cornerback for Washington, and second-year pro Richard Crawford and first-year player Chase Minnifield are expected to jockey for playing time as well.

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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