Well, this is surprising. The Vikings were apparently unwilling to pay Winfield more than $7 million next season.
Well, this is a surprise, at least to me. The Minnesota Vikings are reportedly releasing cornerback Antoine Winfield. Apparently, this one is about money. One note for Tom Pelissero: This is a poor use of 'he called their bluff' since they obviously weren't bluffing.
BREAKING: #Vikings just released Antoine Winfield.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 12, 2013
#Vikings asked Antoine Winfield to take a pay cut, per sources. He called their bluff. Now heads back out into free agency.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 12, 2013
One of the best tackling corners in the league, Winfield has been among the leaders of the Vikings' defense in his time with the team. His absences have been very noticeable whenever he's been injured, and he makes a big impact whenever he plays. However, he makes a lot of money, as Joel Corry pointed out.
The Vikings pick up $7.25M of cap room by releasing Antoine Winfield.— Joel Corry (@corryjoel) March 12, 2013
This probably won't sit well with fans and players the day after Percy Harvin got traded.
Vikings apparently going to put only Adrian Peterson on the field against other teams next year. So, just like 2012.— Will Brinson (@willbrinson) March 12, 2013
Watch Adrian Peterson's Twitter feed, y'all.