in the end of the day, it's still a business trying to put together the best product they can withen a defined budget. winny's salary was huge.. does he deserve it? maybe 5 year ago. does he deserve to be in the NFL.. YES.
I don't know how it was conducted, nor the conversation that went on with him and if it was knee jerked or if it was a discussion that allowed him to do the following things.
1. test his value on the market
2. reduce the $ and stay a viking
3. hold his roster spot for him to do 1, then come back to the vikes and say this is what they offer will you match it.
I would like to see him back, he has a lot to offer on the field, in the film study, and grooming our young CB squad. his style of play is hard hitting, and ballz out. does that get him hurt.. kinda. does it have an impact. you bet!
I would hope that he comes back and takes on a reduced roll, splitting time with our young group and finishing his career as a Vike. if i remember he was set to retire soon, maybe after this season? so yeah i'd expect him to take a reduced salary, reduced time, and be a contributing factor to our rebuilding while taking a back seat roll yet still seeing the field.
course.. i'd hate to see him end up on another NFCN team..