Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Trading Kellen Winslow Is Addition by Subtraction

Mike SalvatoreCorrespondent IIIMay 22, 2012

Kellen Winslow has been many things during his football career. He has been a Hurricane, a soldier, a Brown, a Buccaneer and, most recently, a giant headache.

You can add Seattle Seahawk to that growing list.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers agreed to trade the highly talented but troublesome tight end to the Seahawks late last night for a seventh-round draft pick.

Shortly after announcing the trade, the Buccaneers came to terms with free-agent tight end Dallas Clark.

Make no mistake—Winslow is one of the most gifted tight ends in the NFL, but Greg Schiano is making it a point to identify what he calls “Buccaneer Men” to fill out his roster, and clearly Winslow did not fit the mold.

With Clark, the Bucs bring on a highly respected, hardworking and hard-nosed player to compete with Luke Stocker for the starting tight end spot.

Competition has been Schiano’s favorite word since being instilled as the head coach of the organization, and it has been apparent since Jump Street that Kellen Winslow thought himself above competition.

Perhaps the tipping point came when Winslow skipped (voluntary) OTAs last week, OTAs that virtually all of his teammates were able to attend.

With free-agent signings Carl Nicks and Vincent Jackson brought in not only for their talents on the field, but for their practice habits off of it, Winslow’s ideology clearly did not mesh with the Buccaneers' new thought process.

While the Bucs may part with one of the highest-paid tight ends in football, and essentially admit they 
made a mistake back in 2009, this is without a doubt the right move for the organization moving forward.

Luke Stocker and Dallas Clark are just a handful of promising tight ends heading into camp this summer, so replacing Winslow’s production may not be as difficult as it appears on paper.

Everyone wins with this trade.

The Bucs rid themselves of a potential lingering headache in the locker room and even found some value for the volatile Kellen Winslow.

The Seahawks found a piece that may enable them to win the NFC West this season.

And Kellen Winslow is now in the perfect climate to match his personality—dreary and cold.