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Postby kaisy on Fri Oct 18, 2013 2:11 am

RENTON, Wash. -- Once he was cut in Minnesota for cap reasons, veteran cornerback Antoine Winfield made it a point to have his representatives reach out to the Seattle Seahawks to see if he could fit with one of the more talented defensive back units in the NFL. Seattle was plenty interested in adding a former All-Pro to its already stacked secondary, another chapter in an off-season where the Seahawks have made one impressive move after another. "This year we feel blessed. I think its a testament to coach (Pete) Carrolls staff and the way they treat the players as men," Seattle general manager John Schneider said Wednesday. "I think thats kind of gotten around the league and the competition thing is real here. I think players also feel theyre going to be put into a position to accentuate their strengths." Winfield officially became the latest free agent to sign with the Seahawks when his one-year contract with the club was announced on Wednesday. Winfield joins an impressive list of off-season acquisitions by the Seahawks, along with the signings of defensive linemen Cliff Avril, Tony McDaniel and Michael Bennett, and the trade that brought wide receiver Percy Harvin to Seattle from Minnesota. Seattles secondary features two All-Pros in cornerback Richard Sherman and safety Earl Thomas and past Pro Bowl selections Brandon Browner and Kam Chancellor. Now Winfield is added to the mix, likely to be the Seahawks fifth defensive back playing in the slot. "While he doesnt necessarily fit our size requirements for the position, hes always been a player that compensated for that deficiency with his intensity, his instincts and his tackling skills," Schneider said. "Hes always been a phenomenal run support player. ... Hes very instinctive inside and he had a very nice season last season. You could see him playing inside against bigger guys like Brandon Marshall and Calvin Johnson and disrupting them." Winfields time in Minnesota came to an abrupt and surprising end in March when the 35-year-old had his contract terminated to clear more salary cap space. Minnesota was reportedly trying to bring Winfield back on a deal that didnt cause such a hit to its salary cap, but he opted for joining the Seahawks. Schneider described Winfield as feeling "angst" as he weighed the offers from Seattle and Minnesota. Winfield was due a $7.25 million salary in 2013. One of the most popular players in the Vikings locker room, Winfield had a hard-hitting style, extensive experience and exceptional tackling ability that made him the soul of the defence for the last nine seasons. Winfields playing time was reduced in 2012 to preserve his health, but he had one of the most productive seasons of his career with 11 tackles for loss, three interceptions and 13 passes defended. "A player of this calibre you want to show as much respect as you can for them, so we wanted to be very careful what kind of offer we were going to make, if anything. And what we did is coach Carroll had a great conversation with Antoine about his general philosophy about competition at each position so he understood what he was getting into," Schneider said. Schneider also said it was too early to determine where Chris Clemons recovery from ACL surgery is and whether he would be a candidate for the physically unable to perform list when the season begins. Clemons was injured in Seattles playoff victory at Washington. Geno Smith Womens Jersey . -- Denny Hamlin won the pole for the second straight year at Fontana on Friday, turning a lap of 187. 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"After 33 years I think I will stop playing. I dont want to keep sweating blood every day," Ibrahimovic told Fridays Gazzetta dello Sport. "After 33 years I dont know what I will be like physically and whether I will want to carry on." With Milan leading Serie A by five points with 11 games to go, Ibrahimovic is in line to win his third consecutive title with three different clubs. He won the Serie A title with Inter Milan in 2009 before he transferred to Barcelona and helped Pep Guardiolas team win the Spanish title the following season. "When I arrived at Milan everyone said to me that we could win the title," Ibrahimovic said. "We are leading, but we still have 11 games to go." On Saturday Massimo Allegris team faces a tough challenge away to Juventus, which has lost six games in 10 to fall out of the European qualification places.dddddddddddd Nonetheless such is the rivalry between the two sides that Luigi Delneris team would take great delight in slowing down Milans progress. "It is a big game. While we are playing for the top place, Juventus is trying to climb the table," Ibrahimovic said. "Juventus and Milan are both huge clubs, with great histories and this match is worth more than three points in the championship. Juventus has a good mix of young and old players, like Milan does." Following the game with Juventus, Milan travels to London to play Tottenham Hotspur in the second leg of its Champions League last 16 clash. Milan lost the first leg 1-0 and struggled to cope with the pace of Spurs style of play. "In the Champions League we have to get back to how we know we can be, but it is still an even game," Ibrahimovic said. "It is important not to repeat the mistake we made in the first leg. In the first half we didnt go forward enough." ' ' '
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