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Vikings Sign Winfield To Extension

Posted Jul 23, 2009

The Vikings announced today that they have re-signed Pro Bowl CB Antoine Winfield. John Clayton of ESPN.com reports that the deal will keep Winfield under contract with the Vikings through the 2013 season. The Vikings did not disclose the terms of the extension.

“I’m just glad both sides came to an agreement that has given me an opportunity to end my career in Minnesota,” Winfield said. “That was the goal all along. I enjoy playing in front of the Vikings fans, my family loves living here and Minnesota is a great place to raise a family.”

The 11-year veteran is coming off his 1st-ever Pro Bowl season in 2008, in which he also earned Second Team All-Pro Honors and posted career highs with 2 touchdowns and 2.0 sacks. Regarded as one of the best-tackling CBs in the NFL, Winfield has helped the Vikings lead the League in rush defense in each of the last 3 seasons (2006-08), marking the 1st time since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger that a team has led the NFL in rush defense 3 consecutive seasons. 

“I’m very excited to get the season started and I can’t wait to get to training camp and be with my teammates,” Winfield said.

Since joining the Vikings in 2004, following a 5-year career with the Buffalo Bills, Winfield has notched 21 takeaways (14 interceptions, 7 fumble recoveries), which ranks 6th all-time among Vikings CBs. Over the past 3 seasons, he has played a significant role in the Vikings league-high 15 defensive touchdowns, returning 2 interceptions and 1 fumble recovery for scores. In 2008, he also became the first player in team history to return a blocked field goal for a touchdown.

Originally a 1st round draft choice by Buffalo in 1999 (#23 overall), Winfield has 859 career tackles (673 solo), 3.0 sacks, 20 interceptions, 129 passes defensed, 39 tackles for a loss, 10 forced fumbles and 9 fumble recoveries.

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