Winfield headed to Seahawks


Winfield headed

to Seahawks

Antoine Winfield doesn’t necessarily fit Seattle’s mold at cornerback or in this year’s free-agency market.

He’s listed at 5 feet 9, distinctly smaller than Seattle’s starters: Brandon Browner, who is 6-3, and Richard Sherman, who is 6-4. Winfield, a first-round pick in 1999 who will turn 36 in June, is also older than most players Seattle has pursued.

But there’s plenty of reason to think he will be a great fit in Seattle after the veteran cornerback informed the Seahawks he intends to sign with them, leaving Minnesota after nine seasons there. The Seahawks won’t announce the addition until the contract is finalized.

Winfield comes at a bargain, agreeing to what will be a one-year contract, according to ESPN.

Winfield is a physical, tough cornerback who’s unafraid to mix it up at the line of scrimmage. A three-time Pro Bowler, he could be a perfect fit as the fifth defensive back who comes on the field in passing situations. That nickel-back role is the spot Marcus Trufant played a year ago for the Seahawks, and there were times — such as Seattle’s November loss in Miami — when opponents appeared to target him.