Schiano Continues Tear-Down Project as Bucs Look to Part with Kellen Winslow

Knox BardeenNFC South Lead WriterMay 21, 2012

TE Kellen Winslow could be traded or cut very soon by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
TE Kellen Winslow could be traded or cut very soon by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

It doesn't matter if you're a starter or fourth on the depth chart in Tampa Bay these days, if you aren't ready to participate in head coach Greg Schiano's new regime, you're gone.

It's just that simple.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Kellen Winslow told Ross Tucker on SiriusXM NFL Radio Monday morning that Schiano told him not to come to OTA's, and that the Bucs were looking to trade him.

This is the second time this offseason that Schiano has brought down the axe on a veteran player who wasn't attending voluntary workouts or rehabilitation sessions.

And that was exactly one of the reasons why Schiano made this decision, according to Winslow—Winslow was not in Tampa working out with the team during the offseason.

"(Schiano was) kind of upset that I wasn't there with the team working out in the offseason and then the first week of OTA's. You know, look, I've been there the last three years and I've had a successful career so far. You just don't get rid of one of your best players because of that," Winslow said on SiriusXM Radio.

Winslow caught 75 passes last season for 763 yards and two touchdowns. If he were to be traded, it could open the door for second-year tight end Luke Stocker to take over at tight end.

Another option would be for the Bucs to bring in a veteran tight end.

Former Indianapolis Colts tight end Dallas Clark worked out for the Buccaneers last week, according to Adam Schefter.

This move would be a huge gain for Tampa Bay, for a number of reasons.

Clark is locker-room gold, a player who others can learn from and look up to. Mike Williams mentioned recently that he had learned so much from the addition of Vincent Jackson to the receiving corps. Clark could be that kind of addition for the tight ends.

Adding Clark would keep a valued target with sure hands on quarterback Josh Freeman's arsenal. The last thing Freeman needs as he tries to bounce back from a 22-interception season in 2011 is for the team to take away receiving threats. Clark won't be around for as many years as Winslow, but in Schiano's new regime, Winslow might not have gelled and problems could have ensued.

Stocker, and further down the depth chart with Chase Coffman, doesn't have a lot of experience, with just 12 receptions last year. He's known more as a good blocker who gave the Bucs the ability to move Winslow around to exploit mismatches.

Not that the Buccaneers need any help with money, but ridding the team of Winslow's salary would free up $4.8 million towards the salary cap, according to Pat Yasinskas.