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Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Youth served, but room for veterans, too

By Mike Sando

A reporter asked new Seattle Seahawks cornerback Antoine Winfield whether he was as fast now, at nearly 36 years old, as he was back in his early 20s.

"Oh, no, not at all," Winfield replied in good humor. "Are you as fast as you used to be?"

Veteran players learn to compensate.

"Playing in this league for what will be my 15th season, a lot of bumps, lot of bruises," Winfield explained. "You kinda slow down. But I'm still quick, I can still play."

Winfield is the oldest non-specialist in the NFC West, but like many of the other players up there in years, he's also someone his team is counting on heading into the 2013 season.

The chart ranks the 10 oldest players in the division, with information on their projected roles and associated salary-cap charges for 2013.

Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, who is fighting for a roster spot with the San Francisco 49ers, just missed the list.