Antoine Winfield Disappointed, but Vikings Wisely Won't Renegotiate
Winfield's agent told Sean Jensen of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, "There are no active negotiations and there are no further talks planned," adding that the current situation leaves him, "Disappointed. Very disappointed."
But whether Winfield is disappointed or not, the simple truth is that he turns 32 next month, and the six-year, $34.8 million contract he signed before the 2004 season calls for him to make $6 million in 2009. It's extremely rare for cornerbacks to play well into their 30s, and there's no reason at all for a 32-year-old cornerback who's about to make $6 million to think he should be due for a raise.
And, of course, if Winfield can prove at age 32 that he's still an elite cornerback, he'll have the opportunity to negotiate a new deal at age 33. For now, though, the Vikings are wise to tell him to keep playing under the contract he signed.