Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said it’s “a possibility” that the team will reach out to veteran Antoine Winfield to fill in its depth at cornerback with Walter Thurmond suspended for four games and Brandon Browner still out a month or so with a groin injury.
Carroll made the comment during his regular, Monday morning appearance on the team’s flagship radio station, ESPN 710 Seattle.
Carroll said he could not speak specifically to the news that broke Sunday about Thurmond, saying “there’s nothing I can tell you about it. … there’s nothing to respond to at this point.” (The team can’t comment on it until it is officially announced by the NFL).
But asked specifically about signing Winfield, a 36-year-0ld who the Seahawks cut in August, Carroll said: “Yeah, he’s a really good football player and with the needs that we may have going into this game, that’s a possibility. We’ll figure that out when the time comes.”
That would seem to confirm reports that the Seahawks have contacted Winfield about returning to the Seahawks.
He was signed as a free agent in April to compete for the slot, or nickel, cornerback spot, a job he lost to Thurmond. After being cut, he announced his retirement. Reports, though, have indicated he would be willing to return to the right situation — and a Super Bowl-contending team would likely fit that bill.
Carroll also reiterated what he said last week that rookie Tharold Simon, a fifth-round pick out of LSU, will begin practicing this week.
Carroll noted that it would be the first time he has practiced in “forever” while being on the Physically Unable to Perform list with a foot injury, and said the team simply needs to begin getting information on him because they have seen him do little with the Seahawks.
He also said of DeShawn Shead that “he has done a great job with is. He is very close to being on this club and being part of the regular roster and all that.”
Carroll also said he expected WR Percy Harvin and OTs Russell Okung and Breno Giacomini to begin the week of practice for the game against the Saints next Monday with no restrictions.
As for the Saints, Carroll said he anticipates a playoff atmosphere at the CLink and that it will be a “hard, tough challenge and a great football matchup.”