Antoine Winfield takes on players of all sizes - including Jermichael Finley. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Ted Thompson, turn the tables and sign Antoine Winfield

Dec 2, 2012; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver James Jones (89) rushes with the football as Minnesota Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield (26) makes the tackle during the second quarter at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The dirty deed is done and Greg Jennings has fallen for the money, signed with the Minnesota Vikings and spurned Ted Thompson and the Green Bay Packers.

For the second straight day, the Packers have been shunned by former Pro Bowl players – one of them their own. Jennings was drafted in the second round by the Packers and played seven years with Green Bay. He was a fan favorite, scored more than 50 touchdowns in his career and everyone thought his love of the fans was equal to that of Donald Driver.

That was until today.

Jennings leaving today on the heels of Steven Jackson using the Packers to get what he wanted from the Atlanta Falcons is a double slap to the Packers. But don’t expect Packers GM Ted Thompson to take it personally. After all, this is the National Football League and it’s all about the bottom line. When a team throws $47.5 million on the table with one-third of it guaranteed, there are probably few people on the planet who would walk away from it – even a man who supposed to be as spiritual as Jennings.

So, Mr. Thompson, it’s time to move on … it’s time to look elsewhere. If you’re going to go after anyone in free agency, you might as well turn the tables. If you’re not going to go after the running backs (Ahmad Bradshaw), you might want to bolster the defensive backfield and who better to go after than former Viking Antoine Winfield – according to, he’s one of the top available players.

Here’s what they had to say on the site: “Tough as nails and versatile, Winfield is a perfect short-term addition for a contender.”

And who better to put on the same field as Greg Jennings when the Vikings take to the Lambeau Field turf next season? What a great matchup it’s been when the roles were reversed.

Winfield would bring back that experience and leadership factor the Packers lost when they released Charles Woodson. He would add so many intangibles to the defensive backfield … he’s great at the line of scrimmage. He busts up running plays better than anyone in the league and can still cover.

If he’s healthy, he would be a great addition to the team.

C’mon, Ted, Winfield could be the man and it would also help you poke a stick back into Rick Spielman’s eye.

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