UPDATE: Antoine Winfield to Retire

By DJ Byrnes on August 31, 2013 at 9:11a

Jason La Confora, who's typically right when it comes to NFL things, is reporting the Seahawks will cut the great Antoine Winfield.

Winfield, one of the greatest defensive players in Ohio State history, has apparently reached a cross-roads in his career. Is this the end of a fabulous career? Only time will tell, but one thing for sure is there are only a handful of people who wouldn't trade their footballing careers for his. /salute to an Ohio State legend.

UPDATE: Antoine Winfield has decided to call it a career, per Jay Glazer:

Source: @JasonLaCanfora


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buckguyfan1's picture

Always a favorite in the great Buckeye Family!  Cheers Antoine!

sharks's picture

Dear Cleveland Browns management:
Sign him.
You saw Leon McFadden get worked up, down, and sideways against the Bears second string.
For God's sake, sign Winfield.

A man got to have a code...

DJ Byrnes's picture

As a Browns fan, I co-sign to this statement to a degree that would need scientific notation would be required.

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

lamplighter's picture

As a Browns fan I would love to see him in Cleveland, but I can easily see why he would have no interest.  If they were winning - okay, but why go to a perennial 5 win team for the rest of his career?

KingsRite's picture

One of my favorite Buckeyes ever! 

“I have yet to be in a game where luck was involved. Well-prepared players make plays. I have yet to be in a game where the most prepared team didn't win.” -Urban Meyer-

Hovenaut's picture

Wouldn't mind seeing him back in Ohio, but we sure could use an experienced (and/or) healthy DB in D.C.

If it is the end, AW sure had a helluva career.

Jason Priestas's picture

When Winfield does eventually call it quits – and I hope it's not anytime soon – I would love to see him find his way back to Columbus to help with the team.

Knarcisi's picture

Thank you, Antoine, for showing us the game is supposed to be played!  He exudes the spirit of the game of football. Probably my favorite Buckeye. 

BucksfanXC's picture

Play until you can't Toine. Lots of teams out there that could use some Winfield

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

gravey's picture

He's been so great for so long.  I really think he's been one of the most underrated CBs in the league because he so great in run support and that's not glamorous.

moopdawg's picture

I remember when Coach Coop publicly said that Winfield was a better DB than Springs.  After watching Winfield play, I saw Coop's point.  One of the best.

dubjayfootball90's picture

tough to be released, hope he gets picked up to finish off right, assuming that he is toward the end of his career. You just never know how long some people can last.

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

warosu's picture

Mighty Mouse, all around great player. Tackle blitz and cover!!!

ohiowhitesnake's picture

If this is the end, farewell old friend. One of my favorite Buckeyes of all time. 
I hope somebody realizes he still has a lot of football left.

I finally got a set of Gold Pants!

DefendYoungstown's picture

Maybe he can come and teach the "D" how to wrap up and tackle...

What we can't do in the air we'll do on the ground.

Haybucks's picture

To everyone who acknowledges Winfields's greatness, I salute you!

If the world comes to an end, I want to be in Cincinnati. Everything comes there ten years later. -  Mark Twain


jbirmmd's picture


Not many recognize him as being the star that he was, both for OSU and in the NFL.  Truly, he is one of the greatest Buckeye football players of all time. 

SilverState's picture

Darn, looks like he's hanging 'em up:

Craft to the Rafters's picture

Ian Rapoport ‏@RapSheet 19m
#Seahawks officially ruled Antoine Winfield as being cut, instead of retiring. Means he can now collect his $1M in guarantees. Cool.

rkylet83's picture

Come to Columbus as a consultant and recruiter Mr. Winfield!

Buckeyeneer's picture

Come on home Antoine! You know we love you!

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

THE Ohio State University

40 Degrees North's picture

What a career for Antoine Winfield. The guy could hit.
Now why did someone choose a picture from that game?

buckskin's picture

Congratulations on a great career.  One of my favorite Buckeyes and one of the best "complete" corners of all time.  Now go have 10 kids and keep us stocked for a while :)
Thanks Antoine.

Mirror Lake Jump's picture

One of the best tackling corner of all time

MN Buckeye's picture

I enjoyed seeing his leadership and all-pro play with the Vikings for many years.
Wishing you the best, Antoine, whatever is next!

luckynutz's picture

The man was minnesotas beat db last year. While playing hurt most of the season. He has some football left in him. If he truly feels its time to call it a day, he can look back on his career and know for certain that he did it well. That he did it right. And he did in a way thag all of buckeye nation can be proud of. Thank you antoine for being a shining example of being a buckeye at botb the college and NFL levels. You will be missed.