Cornerback Antoine Winfield, whose contract negotiations with the Vikings broke down this month, plans to attend the team’s three-day minicamp this weekend, according to linebacker Erin Henderson.
Henderson told Paul Allen of KFAN Radio (1130 AM) this morning that Winfield said he plans to be in attendance at Winter Park for the only mandatory camp of the offseason for veteran players. It’s unknown how much of the Vikings’ offseason conditioning program Winfield has participated in since it began in April, although coach Brad Childress said early on the cornerback was in attendance.
Henderson said that he knows “Winfield is taking care of his body on his own, but [isn't] necessarily going into Winter Park.”
The Vikings began Organized Team Activities last week but coach Brad Childress only invited rookies, some newcomers and selected veterans. Thus, many veterans, including Winfield, were not in attendance. The OTA are not mandatory.
Winfield, who will be entering his 11th season and was elected to the Pro Bowl for the first time in his career in 2008, is entering the final season of a six-year contract. Winfield will turn 32 on June 24 and will make $6 million in 2009. Winfield’s agent, Ashanti Webb, said this month that negotiations on an extension had reached an impasse.
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