The Kellen Winslow era is over in Tampa.
After going on SirusXM NFL radio this morning and announcing the Buccaneers no longer want him, Mark Dominik made good and traded the veteran tight end to the Seattle Seahawks for an undisclosed 2013 draft pick.
The trade came less then 24 hours after Winslow went on the airwaves and complained that he felt unwanted in Tampa and that there was tension between himself and new head coach Greg Schiano.
“They’re not looking for my services this year.” Winslow said. ” [Coach Greg Schiano] said he’d help me out with a trade. It’s kind of shocking, but that’s what it is.”
But the animosity isn’t unwarranted. Schiano has apparently expressed displeasure with Winslow’s lack of leadership and participation in OTA’s which led to the rift. Winslow’s holier than thou attitude towards the criticism wasn’t a determining factor but it certainly didn’t make the decision difficult to trade him.
“[Schiano was] kind of upset that I wasn’t there with the team working out in the offseason and then the first week of OTAs.” Winslow said. ”You know, look, I’ve been there the last three years and I’ve had a successful career so far. You just don’t get rid of one of your best players because of that.”
Dallas Clark, best known for being Peyton Manning’s most reliable target in Indianapolis over the years signed a one year deal with the Bucs and will serve as Winslow’s replacement.
Clark was actually on the field for OTA’s today but was not made available to the media and players were told not to let his presence be known. The mystery paid off and Tampa now has another veteran voice in the locker room. Clark brings more than just his hands and skills to the team, he brings a Ronde Barber-esque veteran leadership to the offense.
Josh Freeman will sleep good tonight knowing he now has another more reliable weapon at his disposal. Winslow caught just 2 touchdown passes last year and had just ten more over the other two years he was in Tampa. During that time Winslow made approximately $20.1 million.
This is yet another demonstration by this new regime that there is going to be no nonsense whatsoever on this team. Troubled safety Tanard Jackson was cut earlier this offseason and now Winslow who was teetering on the brink of becoming a problem is gone. Aqib Talib is no doubt listening.
The draft pick the Buccaneers acquired from Seattle is conditional and the exact pick will be known at a later date.