Seahawks to host quartet of free agent quarterbacks, CB Antoine Winfield

Brian McIntyre
April 8, 2013

Tyler Thigpen is among four free agent quarterbacks who will work out for the Seattle Seahawks on Monday, reports Mike Garafolo of the USA Today.

The Seahawks traded quarterback Matt Flynn to the Oakland Raiders, a move that saved the team $5.25 million in cash, $3.25 million in cap space and opened up a spot on the depth chart behind Russell Wilson, a 2012 third-round pick who had a sensational rookie season.

According to public records released by the NFL Players Association, Seattle currently has around $9 million in salary cap space.

Last week, the Seahawks re-signed Josh Portis to a two-year contract worth $1.05 million. Portis spent the 2011 season as the team's No. 3 quarterback and was the No. 4 quarterback throughout the 2012 offseason, making only a brief appearance in the preseason before he was released and re-signed to the practice squad. Portis had a stint with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League last season, as well.

Thigpen, who turns 29-years-old on April 14, has similar strengths as Wilson and could possibly step up in case of an injury without requiring offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell to change too much of the playbook. In 29 games, including 12 starts, with the Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills, the 6-foot-1, 218-pound Thigpen has passed for 3,222 yards with 21 touchdowns, 18 interceptions and has 469 rushing yards with three touchdowns.

Other quarterbacks who will be working out for the Seahawks include Matt Leinart, who played for Seattle head coach Pete Carroll at USC, Brady Quinn and Seneca Wallace, who played for the 'Hawks from 2003 through 2009 before he was traded to the Cleveland Browns in 2010.

In addition to hosting free agent quarterbacks, Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports the Seahawks will host veteran cornerback Antoine Winfield, who was released by the Minnesota Vikings earlier this offseason. Though Winfield turns 36 this offseason, the veteran would fit in very well as a nickel cornerback in a deep and talented Seahawks secondary. The Seahawks had 18 interceptions in 2012, but outside of All-Pro Richard Sherman (eight) and starter Brandon Browner (three), no other cornerback on Seattle's roster recorded an interception.

Winfield tied for the Vikings' team lead with three interceptions and led Minnesota with 13 passes defensed last season.