Veteran Bucs tight end Kellen Winlsow told Sirius XM's Opening Drive radio show today that head coach Greg Schiano told him that the Buccaneers are moving in a different direction and the former Miami Hurricane star would be traded.
Kellen Winslow doesn’t speak to the media often but when he does, he usually has a point to make. Winslow certainly made an interesting point Monday morning when as a guest on Sirius XM NFL Radio he announced he wouldn’t be back in Tampa Bay in 2012 and most likely will be traded.
Winslow told Sirius that head coach Greg Schiano personally told him over the weekend that Tampa Bay was going in a different direction at the tight end position.
"I just got back into Tampa and was told they were not looking for my services this year," Winslow said. "He said he would help me out with a trade – that's kind of shocking, but that's what it is."
PewterReport.com reported earlier this year that the possibility of Winslow being traded had been discussed, and feelers had been put out to other teams to determine his potential trade value. One source cited the dynamic of Winslow’s practice habits versus expectations by new head coach Greg Schiano as a reason for a potential trade. Since arriving in Tampa Bay from Cleveland via a trade in 2009, Winslow has practiced sparingly, as little as once per week due to a knee injury that occurred while he was a member of the Browns organization that has required six subsequent surgeries.
Schiano prefers that all players practice on a regular basis, and that has created some conflict with Winslow, who missed some of the voluntary OTA (organized team activity) workouts at One Buccaneer Place, which began last week.
Winslow confirmed that the lack of participation is last week's OTAs was a factor.
"He said he was – you know – kind of upset I wasn't there working out with the team in the offseason," Winslow said. "But look, I have been there the last three years and I have had a successful career so far. You just don't get rid of one of your best players because of that.
"I have nothing bad to say about coach Schiano. I have been training in San Diego. I was going to start training for the season today in Tampa. I got the call on Saturday they are looking for someone else."
Another factor associated with his potential departure came just after Schiano was hired in late January. Winslow was a guest on SiriusXM NFL Radio and told the hosts he would have preferred Carolina offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski as the Bucs’ new head coach because Chudzinski coached Winslow at the University of Miami and the two have a personal history together.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Monday that the Buccaneers have worked out former Colts tight end Dallas Clark and may sign him this week. PewterReport.com suggested two weeks ago that Clark was a possible replacement
if Tampa Bay decided to part ways with Winslow. Clark recently worked out for New England, and has drawn interest from Kansas City, but has not signed a contract.
Winslow had a solid season in 2012, catching 75 passes for 763 yards but only two touchdowns. In his career as a Buccaneer, Winslow has 218 receptions for 2,595 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Winslow is set to earn $3.3 million in 2012, $4.5 million in 2013 and $5.5 million in 2014.
The Buccaneers currently list Luke Stocker, Zach Pianalto, Chase Coffman, Collin Franklin, Drake Dunsmore and Danny Noble listed as rostered tight ends.
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