Antoine Winfield: Seahawks have ‘No. 1 secondary in the league’

The Seattle Seahawks brought in cornerback Antoine Winfield to enhance the secondary by using his quickness and veteran knowledge as the nickel back.  The 14-year veteran is already showing his worth in Organized Team Activities.

“He’s very crafty out there,” safety Kam Chancellor said. “Sometimes you see him break on routes and it’s like he knew the route was coming.”

“We’re real pleased to have him here,” defensive coordinator Dan Quinn said, via “He has real good awareness, just like you’d expect from a guy who has played as long as he has. And he is able to transfer that. It’s, ‘OK, this foot told me this information, this route is coming and I play it this way.’ ”

The 35-year-old Winfield spent the last nine seasons in Minnesota and his first five with the Buffalo Bills, the team that drafted him in the first round in 1999.

“I don’t think there’s many routes that I haven’t seen in my 14 years of playing,” Winfield said.

The 5-foot-9, 180-pound Winfield, the smallest player in the Seahawks’ secondary – Brandon Browner (6-4, 221), Chancellor (6-3, 232), Richard Sherman (6-3, 195) and Earl Thomas (5-10, 202) – believes this secondary is the best in the league.

“I’ve played football a long time and they are very talented – all across the board; both the corners, both safeties,” Winfield said. “By far, the No. 1 secondary in the league. These guys, the way they work, I see why they’re No. 1.

“These guys have a great secondary. I’m just trying to add to it.”

Winfield, who was released by the Vikings in a salary-cap move, said Seattle was his No. 1 choice.

“It wasn’t like I wanted to leave,” he said. “I was kind of scooted out the door. That’s just the business, I understand that, too.”

“I knew Seattle had a great team,” Winfield continued. “I just wanted a chance to compete for a championship, and I thought my best place to go was here.

“Once I had an opportunity to look around, Seattle was my No. 1 choice.”
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