Kellen Winslow wasn’t exaggerating when he said his days with Tampa Bay Buccaneers were over.
The Bucs sent the tight end to the Seattle Seahawks, who have been looking for help at tight end, for a conditional draft pick (either seventh or sixth) next April. Tampa Bay then signed Dallas Clark, a free-agent tight end who’d been released by the Indianapolis Colts.
In a Sirius XM radio interview Monday, Winslow had said that because Greg Schiano, the Bucs’ first-year head coach, was “kind of upset” at Winslow’s decision to work out away from the team during the offseason. Winslow indicated that the Bucs would either trade or release him.
“He was kind of upset that I wasn’t there working out with the team in the offseason and the first week of OTAs [organized team activities],” Winslow said (transcript via the Tampa Bay Times).
“But, 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.
“That’s just what I was told. I have nothing bad to say about Coach Schiano. It was just a disagreement on why I’m not there yet. I was training in San Diego and I was going to start [attending] today. I was going to start training for the season today back in Tampa. You have commit yourself every year. It’s a hard thing to get ready for. I was going to start today and got the call on Saturday that they’re looking for somebody else.”
Winslow, who turns 29 in July, was the sixth overall pick by the Cleveland Browns in the 2004 NFL Draft and has been one of Tampa Bay’s most productive players despite right knee problems, with over 700 receiving yards each of the last three seasons.
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