Harvin trade led to Antoine Winfield being released
Minnesota Vikings fans should be shocked that one of the most complete cornerbacks in Vikings history was released in Antoine Winfield.
Fans wouldn’t be shocked if you saw how Percy Harvin being traded to the Seattle Seahawks led to this move by the Vikings front office.
The Harvin trade allowed the Vikings to have two first round draft picks in the 2013 NFL draft, but that fact made it possible for the Vikings to have assurance of filling two of their top needs in first round. The Vikings had the 23rd pick in the 2013 NFL draft and that pick was certainly projected to be either, wide receiver, cornerback and even defensive tackle.
With the Harvin trade gave the Vikings the 25th pick, and that means they fill two needs in the same draft. It will give the Vikings the flexibility to take a breath, and not have to compare offensive players to defensive players.
The Harvin trade does force the Vikings to find a wide receiver in the first round, but it gives the Vikings a defensive player they will need to keep the defense going into the future. There are a lot of aging faces on the Vikings defense: Kevin Williams, Jared Allen and Chad Greenway.
And Antoine Winfield is one of the most recent of the aging faces that was released. It’s not that they are bad football players, but it’s just part of the business.
The Vikings will now use these two first round picks to get a wide receiver and their defensive player too, because there is no way that Harvin would have been happy if the Vikings didn’t draft a wide receiver in the first round. Harvin was simply a player that the Vikings couldn’t appease, but at least the Vikings will have a chance to shake up their echaskech, and start all over again.
James Cobern is a Featured Journalist for TPF and can be contacted at JCobern@ThePenaltyFlagBlog.com.