Bucs find a home for Kellen Winslow Jr

Brad Biggs
May 22, 2012

That didn’t take long.

Kellen Winslow Jr. revealed Monday morning the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were fixing to trade him.

Before the night ended, he had a new team. The Seattle Seahawks have traded a seventh-round pick to the Bucs for the veteran tight end. According to Mike Sando of ESPN.com, the pick can improve to a sixth-rounder.

Some figured it would be difficult for the Bucs to find a trade partner because Winslow turns 29 this summer and has a history of knee issues. He’s also on the books for $3.3 million this season. But the Seahawks, who lost John Carlson in free agency, stepped up to ensure they didn’t have to pursue Winslow in free agency. By making the move, they don’t guarantee Winslow any money that might have been needed had he been on the street. None of the $13.3 million remaining on his contract is guaranteed.

Winslow told SiriusXM NFL Radio that the primary reason Tampa was shipping him out was he wasn’t participating in the offseason workout program under first-year coach Greg Schiano.

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