Report: Vikings, several playoff caliber teams interested in Antoine Winfield

According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, several playoff caliber teams as well as the Minnesota Vikings are interested in free agent cornerback Antoine Winfield.

Winfield ended up retiring after he was released by the Seahawks this summer.  But now it sounds like he could play this season.

The veteran would like a chance to get a ring — which led to him signing with Seattle rather than accept more money to remain with the Vikings. While Winfield is getting weekly calls from several playoff-bound clubs, the struggling Vikings are also still in contact with him, according to a team source, and the fact Winfield played so long there and has such affinity to the area could keep them in the mix, but ultimately the chance to win a title elsewhere likely would win out.

Several teams have asked that Winfield not sign a deal without giving them an opportunity to match, and injuries could always play a role as well (New England, for instance, is trying determine the extent of top corner Aqib Talib’s hip flexor suffered Sunday).

You have to imagine that a contending team will need some help at cornerback heading down the stretch.