The Redskins have come up short in their pursuit of free agent cornerback Antoine Winfield.
Winfield has agreed in principle to a one-year contract with the Seahawks on Friday afternoon, according to ESPN’s Josina Anderson.
The Redskins reportedly applied a full court press in an effort to land the former Vikings standout two weeks ago. Winfield was shown a video of his highlights, then had dinner with owner Dan Snyder, coach Mike Shanahan and quarterback Robert Griffin III.
Despite those efforts, though, Winfield chose to sign with another up-and-coming team in Seattle, where he’ll complete arguably the best defensive secondary in the NFL. It’s expected that the 35-year-old will play in nickel packages and complement standouts Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner.
Terms of Winfield’s deal with the Seahawks were not immediately available. But it’s likely the Redskins’ lack of salary cap space hurt their pursuit the three-time Pro Bowler, who was ranked as the top cornerback in 2012 by ProFootballFocus.com. The Vikings had also remained interested in re-signing Winfield.
"It was a very tough decision for me because of the relationships that I have in Minnesota," Winfield said in a text to Anderson. "I've ben there nine years. ...I'm very grateful to the Vikings organization for my experience."
For the Redskins, they now have closure in the matter. And, barring any unforeseen moves this offseason, the team figures to enter the 2013 season with DeAngelo Hall, Josh Wilson and E.J. Biggers as its primary corners. They could also add a cornerback in the draft.