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Morning links: DB Winfield set to visit Hawks

Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that Minnesota free agent defensive back Antoine Winfield is expected to visited the Seattle Seahawks next week.

Tom Pelissero of ESPN 1500 Twin Cities reports that visit will take place on Wednesday.

The 35-year-old Winfield was cut by the Vikings in a salary cap purge last month. He took a visit to Washington, but the Redskins re-signed DeAngelo Hall. However, both Washington and Minnesota reportedly remain interested.

At 5-9 and 180 pounds, Winfield doesn’t have the size Seattle traditionally seeks for its cornerbacks. However, Winfield likely would be considered an upgrade at nickel cornerback, and has experience playing inside against slot receivers during his time in Minnesota. Winfield has 27 interceptions and 14 forced fumbles in his 15-year NFL career.

He also has the respect of Seattle receivers Sidney Rice and Percy Harvin, who matched up against him every day in practice while with the Vikings.

“He is a guy I played against my entire four years there,” Rice said about Winfield before Seattle’s game against Minnesota last year. “He’s really smart and talented, and probably one of the toughest small guys I’ve ever seen in my life.”

The Seahawks have about $10 million left in salary cap space, so they could sign a veteran like Winfield. And Winfield reportedly wants to play for a playoff contender.

San Francisco linebacker NaVorro Bowman tells that the Seahawks must earn their hype. "You have to earn these things,” Bowman said. “This is their first time being mentioned like that, in this sentence, and we'll see what they'll do with that."

Danny O’Neil of The Seattle Times writes that the Seahawks looked into it, but likely will not pursue Tim Tebow.

ESPN’s Trent Dilfer, Mel Kiper Jr. and Chris Mortensen discuss the read option and whether or not its here to stay long term in this video link.

Dan Pompei of the National Football Post writes that Antoine Winfield is the best free agent cornerback available on the market right now. He also talks with scouts who disagree with Nolan Nawrocki of Pro Football Weekly’s assessment of West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith.

ESPN’s David Fleming writes about the decline of the left tackle position in the NFL.

Clark Judge of CBS Sports believes Matt Barkley could be this year’s Andy Dalton.

Jim Corbett of USA Today writes that quarterback guru Terry Shea believes Arkansas signal caller Tyler Wilson is the best quarterback in this year’s draft class.