Buckeyes in the NFL: Winfield Retires, Roster Updates

By Mike Young on September 2, 2013 at 11:15a

Faced with the possibility of getting placed on waivers, a 14-year veteran and former all-pro corner has decided to retire.

The best.

Meanwhile, the NFL season will officially kick off in three days. One ex-OSU player will take the field in the Thursday night Ravens-Broncos opener. Others aren’t quite as fortunate, and didn’t make a 53-man roster for any NFL team.

A Houston Texans wideout avoids being placed on the "physically unable to perform" list, as he continues his  recovery from major surgery.

Plus, a defensive back impressed his new coach at a position he hasn’t played since his early days at Ohio State.

Winfield Announces Retirement

After eight years with the Minnesota Vikings, Antoine Winfield signed with the Seattle Seahawks in the off-season. Four months later, and at risk of being left off the 53-man roster, Winfield announced his retirement.

For what it’s worth, he made the Pro Bowl in three consecutive seasons with the Vikings. He recorded 27 interceptions and 897 solo tackles in his career.

Over the course of 14 seasons, Winfield played for only 2 teams – the Buffalo Bills and Vikings. The Bills spent a first round pick on the Buckeye corner, in the 1999 draft.

Ohio State has a long legacy of producing NFL corners, earning the moniker “Defensive Back U” (along with 3 other schools, probably). In his senior season, Winfield won the Jim Thorpe Award, Jack Tatum Trophy and earned a consensus All-American honor – cementing his legacy among the Buckeye greats.

The 35-year-old Winfield is a Buckeye born and bred, originally hailing from Akron, Ohio, where he attended Garfield High School.

Despite spending only a short amount of time with Winfield, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll sent out this respectful tweet:

Buckeyes on 53-Man Rosters

The following players survived cuts and made the 53-man roster for their respective NFL team:

Player team position
Mike Adams Pittsburgh Steelers OT
Will Allen Dallas Cowboys S
Alex Boone San Francisco 49ers OG
Michael Brewster Jacksonville Jaguars C
Chimdi Chekwa Oakland Raiders CB
Kurt Coleman Philadelphia Eagles DB
Jim Cordle New York Giants C
Nate Ebner New England Patriots DB/ST 
Ted Ginn Jr. Carolina Panthers WR
Jonathan Hankins New York Giants DT
Brian Hartline Miami Dolphins WR
Ben Hartsock Carolina Panthers TE
A.J. Hawk Green Bay Packers LB
Cameron Heyward Pittsburgh Steelers DE
Santonio Holmes New York Jets WR
Malcolm Jenkins New Orleans Saints S
James Laurinaitis St. Louis Rams LB
Nick Mangold New York Jets C
Jake McQuaide St. Louis Rams LS
Mike Nugent Cincinnati Bengals K
Ryan Pickett Green Bay Packers DT
DeVier Posey Houston Texans WR
Terrelle Pryor Oakland Raiders QB
Dane Sanzenbacher Cincinnati Bengals WR
John Simon Baltimore Ravens LB
Rob Sims Detroit Lions OG
Donte Whitner San Francisco 49ers S
Doug Worthington Washington Redskins DT

Practice Squad Members: Zach Boren (HOU), Reid Fragel (CIN), Daniel "Boom" Herron (CIN), Jake Stoneburner (GB)

Injured Reserve: Will Smith (NO)

Posey Returns In Final Preseason Game

He wasn’t even expected to return, let alone add depth to an AFC contender. Yet, Houston’s DeVier Posey made his 2013 debut, Thursday, against the Cowboys.

Posey is coming off a torn Achilles tendon

In last year’s divisional-round matchup against the Patriots, Posey suffered a torn Achilles tendon. He recorded 47 yards on three receptions and scored a touchdown before the injury. Those three receptions matched a career high and accounted for a third of his total receptions on the season (including playoffs).

Oddly enough, his first career touchdown came in that playoff game against New England – a 25 yard, sprawling, bobbling reception.

Posey made a quick recovery from surgery and ended up on the field with third-string QB Case Keenum.

"It’s been probably one of the happiest days of 2013 for me, man," Posey told the Houston Chronicle.

His teammates were excited to see him back on the field.

"Everybody’s been rooting for him," Yates also told the Houston Chronicle. "He’s come back so quick from that injury, and everybody’s seen him all summer long, all offseason long really busting his tail every single day."

Coleman Makes Eagles Squad, Showcases Versatility

Philadelphia Eagles safety Kurt Coleman has started in 29 games over the last three seasons, but that didn’t guarantee him a roster spot under recent hire Chip Kelly.

Coleman actually had to re-learn an old position to impress the new coaches – cornerback. Due to various injuries and starters sitting, he was forced to step in at his old position.

In 2006 – his freshman season at Ohio State – the Clayton, Ohio native was listed at corner. He spent most of his time on special teams, but played in 12 games.

Following that season, Coleman quickly elevated up the depth chart at a new position, and became the starting strong safety. In his senior year, he was a Sporting News first-team All-American and earned first team All-Big Ten honors.

Since then, Coleman has been a fixture on an Eagles defense that has seen a lot of change in his three years. Now, he’s undergoing an adjustment to Kelly.

Presumably to the dismay of Eagles fans, (because what isn’t?) Coleman made the 53-man roster and will play for a fourth consecutive season in Philly.


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bucks_4_life's picture

Congrats to Antoine Winfield on a long and successful career. 

The juice is worth the squeeze

Michael Citro's picture

I was surprised to see Austin Spitler cut because he's been great on special teams for Miami and the Dolphins are very thin at linebacker. But apparently his few years in the league have pushed his salary up too high. I could see him being brought back for less money later.

741's picture

Didn't we just read in Doug Lesmerises article that Zach Boren is back in Houston on their practice squad?

gravey's picture

Can't figure out why Coleman would have been cut.  He's was on the only one who tackle on that defense last year.  He led the team if I recall.  But then again, Chip Kellly is a chump.
<edit>  he was second on the team for tackles, but played in two fewer games than DeMeco Ryans.
...and Winfield was 5th in the league in tackles among CB's last year.  Pound for pound the best tackler in the NFL.  Would love to have him as tackling coach at tOSU

Mirror Lake Jump's picture

That's a lot of Buckeyes in the NFL

AltaBuck's picture

What's up with Beanie Wells?  I know he has been battling some injuries, specifically his knee.

I am Groot - Groot

UrbanCulture's picture

So glad Sanzenbacher made the team

73buckeye's picture

Seems odd that there are no Buckeyes on the Browns. Seems they could use a few good men. Also, I wonder how many Buckeyes are on CFL teams. I know Troy Smith signed with Montreal recently, but I gotta believe there are Buckeyes good enough to play in that league. 


ibuck's picture

I hope OSU coaches are using a similar list while recruiting.

Our honor defend, so we'll fight to the end !

If you can't win your conference, just quietly accept your non-playoff bowl game.

Buckeye Knight's picture

Congrats on a GREAT career Toine!  I don't know how these guys' knees and other joints make it in the league so long.

NorthwestOhioBuck's picture

According to Alex, the Texans made there first good move of the offseason by signing Zach Boren to the practice squad.

In Urban we trust. That is all

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

That's a lot of Buckeyes on NFL teams.  I think a few will still be added through the year.  Wells will find a home.  Could be a couple of other guys like Spitler that could be picked up as well.  Players will get injured and that opens a few doors.  We'll see, still an overall lot of Buckeyes in the NFL.  Where does OSU currently rank as far as which school has the most players in the NFL?

MN Buckeye's picture

I was sorry to see Antoine leave the Vikings; he was All-Pro performer and an amazing leader for many years here. Here's wishing you all the best, Mr. Winfield!

Mike Young's picture

Updated to include Zach Boren and everyone's favorite former offensive lineman, J.B. Shugarts. Boren, yes, with the Texans practice squad, while Shugarts makes the Jets practice squad. 

pjtobin's picture

As mentioned in a few comments above, can someone do a breakdown of which schools have the most alumni playing in the pros. Even go back the last 10-15 yrs. so we can see how many tress helped in to the pros also. If I had a clue of what to do I would do it. But I use my phone and I don't know how to upload stuff. So please, and thank you!!

Bury me in my away jersey, with my buckeye blanket. A diehard who died young. Rip dad.