Winfield Locked Up

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Scratch one major issue off this week’s To-Do List for the Vikings’ front office.

According to the Star Tribune, 32 year old cornerback Antoine Winfield has signed a contract extension that will help ensure that he finishes his career as a Viking.  The contract is worth $36 million over 5 years, and contains $16.1 million in guarantees.

The contract is set up to uniquely protect both the Vikings and the player.  If Winfield loses his starting job in 2011 then his salary will be cut in half, still allowing him to be a well-paid nickle back.  This means that if Winfield loses his starting job, then the vikings will not need to pay him like a starter, but at the same time won’t feel the need to cut him for financial reasons. 

To me, this compromise is more evidence that Rob Brzezinski is one of the best contract negotiators in football, as he knows how to make the best interests of the team and the player go hand-in-hand. 

The Vikings started out the offseason with every corner on the roster set to leave after this season.  As it stands now Winfield, Asher Allen, and Cedric Griffin are all Vikings for quite some time.  This is a positive step for a team that has struggled to maintain a quality backfield in recent years.

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