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Newz Forum: FOOTBALL: Winfield backs out of deal

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Ben

posted on Mar, 4 2004 @ 09:13 PM
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He was wined and dined and all but signed, but there is now some uncertainty as to whether unrestricted free agent cornerback Antoine Winfield will join the New York Jets. The five-year veteran, reached agreement in principle with the Jets on a six-year deal worth $30 million and including a $10 million signing bonus. The contract would pay Winfield $18 million in the first three years of the deal.
 

But late in the evening, as the two sides were finalizing the deal, Winfield backed away for what sources described as personal reasons. And the Jets, who had been expected to introduce the newest addition to a rebuilding defense at a Friday news conference could now see Winfield make some visits to other clubs that have been pursuing him.

Despite authoring just six interceptions in five seasons, Winfield, 26, was regarded as one of the top corners at the deepest position in free agency. The former Buffalo Bills first-rounder was to step into a void created by the release of veteran Aaron Beasley last week.

The Jets, it seems, were not about to let Winfield escape their complex without agreeing to a contract. They hosted Winfield and agent Richard Katz on Wednesday evening for a lavish dinner, and negotiations went late into the night. The two sides resumed discussions on Thursday and made enough progress that Winfield delayed a scheduled flight to Minneapolis, where he was to have visited with Minnesota Vikings officials.

The Houston Texans were also pursuing Winfield and, during the course of negotiations with the Jets, continued to try to contract him on his cell phone.



Ben

posted on Mar, 6 2004 @ 09:31 AM
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Former Bills cornerback Antoine Winfield has only intercepted one pass in his last 37 games, but the biggest interception of his life involves the Minnesota Vikings.

Winfield was wined and dined Wednesday and Thursday and all but signed by the New York Jets to a six-year, $30 million contract, but abruptly backed out of the deal and flew to Minneapolis via private jet.

Friday, the day the Jets were prepared to introduce him at a news conference, he agreed to a $34.8 million contract with the Vikings that included a whopping $12.8 million signing bonus, $2.8 million more than the Jets were offering.

Wearing a Vikings cap, Winfield said Friday from Minnesota that it just didn't work out with the Jets, with whom he visited Wednesday on the first day of free agency.

"When it came down to it, I just wasn't ready. I didn't want to rush," Winfield said, adding that he had promised Vikings coach Mike Tice that he would visit Minnesota before making a decision.



posted on Mar, 6 2004 @ 03:30 PM
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Thats to bad for the jets they lost out on a great DB who has tremendous talent and skills. The Vikings received a great DB who is definatly going to help that defense out. Didnt the jets just trade for a DB



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