According to a report by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Browns have traded tight end Kellen Winslow to the Buccaneers for undisclosed draft picks. Rotoworld.com speculates that Cleveland could be getting a second and a late round pick in the trade.
This is a bold move by Tampa. Signing him to a new contract won’t be an issue because the Bucs have loads of cap space (the most in the NFL, in fact), but their quarterback situation is still unsettled and the bigger problem is that Winslow can’t stay healthy. He is also a head case that has the ability to disrupt a locker room, came down with a case of the dropsies last year and if he feels that he’s not getting the ball enough, there’s no shortage of bitching.
Still, Winslow is a talented player and at 25, he has a lot of football ahead of him if he can stay healthy. Tight end was also a major need for the Bucs and acquiring Winslow should only help Antonio Bryant on the outside. And hey, there’s no doubt Tampa got a solider! (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)
As for the Browns, this was a good move. Winslow had already expressed his desire to leave Cleveland and given his health concerns, his trade value was sure to diminish the longer the Browns hung onto him. Cleveland was also in major need of draft picks after former GM Phil Savage handed them out like gentlemen’s club fliers on the Vegas strip last offseason.
The Browns traded up in the 2008 draft to select former Missouri tight end Martin Rucker in the fourth round, but he has knee issues and couldn’t pass Darnell Dinkins on the depth chart last season. In other words, expect the Browns to address the position this offseason. The best available free agent would be L.J. Smith (Eagles), who is also rumored to be on the Falcons’ radar.
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