According to NFL.com, the Tampa Bay Buccanneers traded TE Kellen Winslow to the Seattle Seahawks for a conditional pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
If this is a surprise to you, don’t worry. It was not a surprise at all for Winslow, 28.
During an interview with Ross Tucker of NFL SiriusXM radio on Monday, Winslow said Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano had told him he would not be back with the team and that the club was actively trying to trade him.
Schiano had expressed disappointment that Winslow was not participating in the team’s offseason workout program, opting instead to work out on his own near his home in San Diego, Winslow said during the interview. Winslow returned to Tampa over the weekend, which is when he was informed that he was no longer in the team’s plans.
I honestly can’t tell you who is the bigger jerk in this situation. Coach Schiano for apparently telling Winslow all of this or Winslow for working out away from his teammates and then blabbing this information to SiriusXM. See? Tough call!
The Seahawks chose not to restructure Winslow’s contract in order to complete the trade. This means the Seahawks will take on the three years and $15.95 million remaining on Winslow’s current contract including a $3.3 million in base salary, $550,000 in per-game roster bonuses ($34,375 per game active), a $500,000 workout bonus and $1 million in incentives. Winslow will count for $4.8 million against the salary cap in 2012.
Winslow, 28, has spent the last three seasons with the Buccaneers, catching 218 passes for 2,377 yards and 12 touchdowns in 48 games.
So what’s next for the Bucs.
The team signed former Indianapolis Colts TE Dallas Clark to a one-year contract. Financial terms have yet to be disclosed.
Clark had 427 catches for 4,887 yards and 46 touchdowns in nine seasons with the Colts.
Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik said Clark “is a consummate pro and proven playmaker. He will be another asset, on and off the field, for our team.”
Clark’s production dipped over the course of two seasons, totaling just 71 catches for 699 yards and five scores after a career-high 1,106 receiving yards in 2009.
The New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs also had interest in Clark.
Miranda Remaklus is senior reporter for Aerys Offsides. She’s also a contributor to Aaron Miles’ Fastball in the MLB section. Follow her on Twitter, @missmrianda.