Winfield Extension Solidifies Vikings Defense

Posted by Mike Wobschall on July 23, 2009 – 4:32 pm

Click here to watch Antoine Winfield and Mike Wobschall discuss the contract extension.

News of CB Antoine Winfield signing a 5-year contract extension with the club is music to the ears of Vikings fans. The news likely won’t be as graciously received by opposing teams and their fans.

With Winfield now under contract for a handful of years, the core of the Vikings defense will remain in tact for several more seasons. Key players such as CB Cedric Griffin, LB E.J. Henderson, DT Kevin Williams, DT Pat Williams and Winfineld have recently been re-signed to extensions. In addition, DE Jared Allen and S Madieu Williams are entering just their 2nd seasons after signing significant deals last offseason.

Signing a contract extension with the Vikings became a priority of Winfield’s immediately after the conclusion of the 2008 season. After an offseason of negotiations between the Vikings and Winfield’s agent, Ashanti Webb, a deal was finally reached and now Winfield can focus solely on playing football and helping the defense improve against the pass and continue its dominance against the run.

The Vikings have led the NFL in rush defense in each of the last 3 seasons (2006-08), marking the 1st time since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger that a team has led the NFL in rush defense 3 consecutive seasons. Winfield is considered one of the NFL’s top tackling CBs, and with him now enjoying the security he’s sought and coming off his 1sts Pro Bowl season in 2008, the 5-9, 180-pound tackling machine is anxious to get to camp and help the club defend its 2008 NFC North title.

“We have all the pieces, there should be no excuses this season,” Winfield said. “Everyone is coming in with the mindset that we want to go and win the Super Bowl.

“Every since I signed with the Vikings 5 years ago, I’ve been playing at a totally different level. I want to win a Super Bowl and the Vikings give me a chance to win right now.”

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