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'Retired' CB Winfield draws interest from several NFL contenders

Several contending teams are in regular contact with free agent cornerback Antoine Winfield, according to league sources.

With the midpoint of the season approaching, a decision is expected sooner rather than later.

Winfield, coming off a strong season with the Vikings, resumed working out a few weeks ago after originally planning to retire. He was released by Seattle -- which has the NFL's deepest and best secondary -- in a cap-crunch before the season and will be very selective about where he signs.

The veteran would like a chance to get a ring -- which led to him signing with Seattle rather than accept more money to remain with the Vikings. While Winfield is getting weekly calls from several playoff-bound clubs, the struggling Vikings are also still in contact with him, according to a team source, and the fact Winfield played so long there and has such affinity to the area could keep them in the mix, but ultimately the chance to win a title elsewhere likely would win out.

Several teams have asked that Winfield not sign a deal without giving them an opportunity to match, and injuries could always play a role as well (New England, for instance, is trying determine the extent of top corner Aqib Talib's hip flexor suffered Sunday).

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