Kellen Winslow: Buccaneers TE Says He Will Not Return to Tampa Bay This Season

Wes ODonnellFeatured ColumnistMay 21, 2012

TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 25:  Kellen Winslow #82 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers looks on during a game against the Atlanta Falcons at Raymond James Stadium on September 25, 2011 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Greg Schiano needs players he can trust if he's going to be successful as the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Tight end Kellen Winslow is, and never was, thought to be one of those players, and Winslow confirmed that sentiment on SiriusXM radio on Monday. Andrew Bogusch, a host for the station, tweeted:

BREAKING: #Bucs TE Kellen Winslow on @SiriusXMNFL right now. He was told this morning he's not wanted in TB, team will help him find a trade

— Andrew Bogusch (@AndrewBogusch) May 21, 2012

And the Bucs, it appears, have already started looking for replacements, as Adam Schefter reports that Dallas Clark worked out last week:

Bucs worked out former Colts TE Dallas Clark last week, are expected to try to make a move on him this week.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 21, 2012's Jeff Darlington is also reporting that the Bucs are expected to sign Clark.

An eight-year NFL veteran, Winslow has always been an intriguing player with great potential. Sometimes he plays up to that potential, but overall, he has not lived up to his billing as the No. 6 overall pick in the 2004 draft.

Since joining the Bucs before the 2009 season, he has recorded no less than 66 catches and 730 yards, but again, he has never truly excelled. 

He's also a bit of a headache at times in the locker room, and that wasn't going to fly with Schiano, a no-nonsense guy coming from the collegiate ranks.

The former Rutgers coach needs players who are going to follow him and believe in him, and Winslow hasn't shown the ability to do that throughout his career.

Wholesale changes are desperately needed in Tampa Bay, and Schiano has no problem making them. The tight end was likely never in the long-term plans for this new regime.

The Bucs won't find a ton of value on the market for a player they don't want, so it wouldn't be surprising if he were released outright in the coming days.

All that said, expect him to catch on with another team pretty quickly.