Kellen Winslow to Seahawks: Breaking Down Pros and Cons of the Blockbuster Trade

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Kellen Winslow to Seahawks: Breaking Down Pros and Cons of the Blockbuster Trade
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Tuesday was a very busy day for outspoken tight end Kellen Winslow, who spent the first part of the day blasting one organization and the second part of the day packing his bags to head to another after being traded.

Winslow, who reeled in 75 passes for 763 yards and two touchdowns a season ago, didn't mince words about why he feels he was dealt. The ninth-year pro told Sirius XM Radio via The Tampa Tribune that his absence from the first part of voluntary workouts didn't sit well with new Tampa Bay head coach Greg Schiano, so out the door he went.

"(Schiano) said he was kind of upset that I wasn't there working with the team in the offseason and for the first week of OTAs," Winslow told the hosts of the The Opening Drive.

"But look, I've been there the last three years and I've had a successful career so far. You don't just get rid of one of your best players like that. I have nothing bad to say about Coach Schiano. It was just a disagreement on why I'm not there yet."

The Seahawks sent an "undisclosed" pick in next year's draft, according to The Tribune. So, it would seem that Seattle got a capable receiver who has averaged nearly 800 yards over the past three seasons for pennies on the dollar, making this a vary favorable deal for the Seahawks.

Then, you read the fine print, and all of a sudden you find yourself asking why Seattle made even a minimal investment in the 28-year-old tight end.

First, there's the matter of Winslow's rather extensive injury history. Winslow broke his leg as a rookie, blew out his ACL in a now infamous motorcycle accident, had microfracture surgery on that same knee in 2007 and has since had no less than five additional surgeries on his right knee, according to ProFootballTalk.

Granted, Winslow hasn't missed a game in three seasons, but the knee has been a concern much of that time as well, making his availability on a weekly basis a guessing game more often than not.

Second, there's Winslow's attitude, which apparently isn't much of a hit with NFL coaching staffs. This is the second team that has dealt Winslow (the Cleveland Browns traded him to Tampa Bay in 2009) for what could be perceived as less than market value.

That would appear to indicate a perception among more than a few front office types in the NFL that Winslow's performance on the field isn't worth the headaches he causes off of it.

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Granted, Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll have shown that they're not shy about thinking "outside the box," as they showed when the team surprisingly took West Virginia defensive end Bruce Irvin with the 15th overall pick in April's NFL draft.

Carroll also has a reputation as the ultimate "player's coach." It may be that Carroll thinks he can not only co-exist with Winslow but also utilize him and fellow tight end Zach Miller in the sort of two-tight end sets that can help move the ball on the ground and also be surprisingly effective through the air.

Given that the Seahawks gave up next to nothing to obtain Winslow, it's nearly impossible to call this a "bad" deal for the team. On the other hand, between his knee and his mouth, if I were a Seattle Seahawks fan, I wouldn't exactly be hopping up and down about Kellen Winslow coming to town, either.

 

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