Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier told Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com that they’re hoping to bring back cornerback Antoine Winfield after recently releasing him.
“I’m hoping that we can figure out a way to get him back here,” Frazier said. “So, I’m hoping that it’s not goodbye yet.”
According to NFL sources, there have been discussions between Winfield’s agent, Ashanti Webb, and the Vikings about bringing him back. Winfield, 35, has gotten over the initial shock of the decision and apparently is willing to listen.
But the 14-year veteran has multiple visits lined up with other NFL teams and it’s unclear how much money the Vikings are willing to put on the table for a player they just let go.
“Him and I talked a few days ago, before I came up here, and I don’t want the door to be shut,” Frazier said. “So, we’re going to still try to get something worked out — if he’s amicable to coming back.”
The Vikings know they need Winfield’s leadership in the locker room. They also know he still has some football left in him.