Vikings Moves: Winfield Out, Simpson And Others Returning

Updated: 03/12/2013 8:16 PM KSTP.com By: Chris Long

The Minnesota Vikings have made several moves in advance of the start of the NFL's free agent signing window.

One day after agreeing to trade Percy Harvin to Seattle, the team re-signed receiver Jerome Simpson and released veteran cornerback Antoine Winfield.

1500ESPN initially reported Winfield was informed of his released Monday afternoon.

Winfield was scheduled to earn $7.25-million next season. At 35-years-old, his role would likely have been reduced.

The initial report indicates the Vikings asked Winfield to restructure his contract, but he declined.

Winfield spent nine of his fourteen seasons in the NFL with the Vikings.

As Winfield departs, Jerome Simpson is staying.

Simpson, whose first season in Minnesota was hampered by a suspension and injuries, signed a 1-year deal to return.

Also re-signed on Tuesday: safety Jamarca Sanford, linebacker Erin Henderson, right tackle Phil Loadholt, and fullback Jerome Felton.

Tight end John Carlson is also expected to remain with the Vikings.  After a disappointing initial season, the Litchfield native signed a restructured contract that lowers his base salary eases his salary cap burden on the team.

The moves come as former star receiver Percy Harvin is headed to Seattle.

Harvin, Minnesota's moody and multi-talented young wide receiver, will join the Seahawks for a package of draft picks that includes Seattle's first-round selection next month, No. 25 overall.

Two people with knowledge of the deal confirmed the details Monday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the trade won't be official until the league's new year begins Tuesday and Harvin passes a physical.

The Associated Press Contributed to this Report.