Five underrated offseason signings

Antoine Winfield among signings who could be huge additions to new teams

Originally Published: July 22, 2013
By Matt Williamson | ESPN Insider

WinfieldG. Newman Lowrance/Getty ImagesAntoine Winfield, now with the Seahawks, is considered one of the best CBs of this generation.

Terms such as "underrated" and "under-the-radar" are relative in today's NFL society, where everything is instantly reported and analyzed. There are so many moves in an NFL offseason -- and more are coming -- but I picked a handful of free-agent signings that did not get the immense national exposure that they warranted. There may not be big-name players involved, but these moves could be the difference between making and missing the playoffs -- or in some cases, winning playoff games.

Here are my five most underrated signings of the offseason so far:


1. Antoine Winfield to Seattle Seahawks

Winfield is simply a great football player. In fact, he is one of the best cornerbacks of this generation and is still playing at an extremely high level. It baffled me that Minnesota allowed Winfield to leave and that more teams did not beat down his door for his services, even with a short-term contract. Winfield isn't a young man anymore at 36, but still can be a high-end starter. For the Seahawks, he will be asked to be their third cornerback and man the slot, something at which he is simply superb.