Winfield would help the Seahawks

RENTON, Wash. -- Assuming the Seahawks can talk him out of retirement, and he passes a physical, expect to see Antoine Winfield back in a Seattle uniform later this week.

Coach Pete Carroll said the Seahawks could consider re-signing the veteran cornerback to come in and help the depleted secondary.

Cornerback Walter Thurmond is facing a four-game suspension due to non-PED substance abuse, so Winfield is a veteran player who knows the system and could step in immediately.

That’s also assuming he has stayed in good physical condition and is ready to go. Winfield's last real NFL game, excluding preseason, was the Minnesota Vikings' playoff loss against Green Bay on Jan. 5 last season when he started at left cornerback. Winfield started all 17 of Minnesota's games last season.

So it would be almost 11 months since his last meaningful game if he is re-signed and plays against the New Orleans Saints on Monday night.

In Winfield's case, he probably can step in and make a positive impact. He knows the defensive schemes since he was here for training camp and the entire preseason. And he’s a 15-year veteran, including 173 starts, so it’s not exactly his first rodeo. But he’s bound to be a little rusty.

If they sign him, the Seahawks probably would use Winfield in the slot on their nickel package, while Byron Maxwell starts at cornerback for Thurmond. Second-year corner Jeremy Lane also will play in the slot, but having a veteran guy like Winfield in the mix certainly could help against a wily veteran quarterback like Drew Brees.