Kellen Winslow To The Bucs And Other Day 1 Bucs FA News


It is being reported by multiple media outlets at this point that former Cleveland Browns TE Kellen Winslow has been traded to the Buccaneers for undisclosed draft picks.  I have checked multiple sources to find out what round pick we have moved, but no outlets are reporting a year or a round for the pick.  At this point in his career, 2008 Bucs starter Alex Smith has been underwhelming at best, and Winslow certainly gives us a legitimate receiving option and threat to score.  The guy is a “soldier” and a headcase, and on a team that now has very few veterans, I’m a little concerned about his character.  His production when healthy can not be disputed.  

The day started on a mildly sad note for me personally as far as free agency was concerned.  I was emotionally invested in the Bucs acquiring DT Albert Haynesworth who signed the largest deal ever for a defensive player.  He got paid an enormous sum of money, a reported 41 mil gauranteed amidst so much speculation about his injury issues and his lack of production the first few years of his career.  I will say this though, there are 5 positions in the NFL that I believe change games: QB, LT, DT, DE, CB.  If you can acquire a player at one of those positions who is near the best in the league at said position, he is worth being paid like a top player in the league. 

On to other Bucs notes.  It appears we are very much interested in Saints LB Jonathan Vilma.  Vilma ressurected his career last season in New Orleans, after being forced to play out of position in “Mangina’s” first year in New York. He would most likely play the Will Linebacker position making a starting trio of Jonathan Vilma, Barrett Ruud and Quincy Black, something I would be very excited about.  

It also appears we have interest in two offensive  playmakers in RB Derrick Ward and WR Nate Washington.   Both would be perfect complements to the pieces we have in place.  Nate Washington’s downfield speed would be ideal with Antonio Bryant on the other side.  After the release of Warrick Dunn and the injury to Cadillac Williams, the Bucs must address the RB position as well, and the 29 year old Ward who averaged 5.6 yards a carry last year would seemingly complement Ernest Graham quite well .

Tags: Albert Haynesworth Alex Smith Bucs Trade For Kellen Winslow Cadillac WIlliams Derrick Ward Jonathan Vilma Jonathan Vilma Bucs Nate Washington Warrick Dunn Washington Redskins

  • Mike j

    Well, that was a major surprise, what, blokes?? I wonder about the pick. Winslow tied for 2nd among TEs in last year’s pre-season annual ratings from “PFW.”

    I am in the other camp on Haynesworth. That is too much money for a non-QB. Also, I suspect now that he has had his payday, Albert will coast except in certain big games.

    Has Vilma ever played outside??

    Ward would be a nice pick-up. I don’t really have an opinion on Washington, counting unhatched eggs….

  • Mike j

    Addendum only I will be interested in:
    Damn. Vilma went to Coral Gables!! They beat my high school two years in a row for the state championship Way Back When!!

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  • http://bloggingdirty.com/ The Dirty Bird

    Great pick-up with Winslow. He can be that quick throw if your QB is under pressure. I just wonder what the Bucs had to give up in terms of draft picks because of the amount of holes they have.

  • FLBOY84

    I really like the pick up.  Gives us a chance to move Smith if the right offer comes along.  I’d be interested what Oakland is asking for Michael Bush.  He’d be a solid back to pair with Graham and Caddy and give the team a nasty backfield.  I’ve heard Raheem say he wants teams to know and feel like they played a hard, tough team when they play the Bucs and being pounded by our O-line and those backs would be a step in that direction.  Wouldn’t mind seeing Kevin Jones as an option either.  Would you guys do Smith for Bush straight up if you were Oakland?