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Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Why Kellen Winslow Was Traded for so Little

GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 20:  Kellen Winslow #82 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers catches a pass in the endzone fopr an apparent touchdown against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on November 20, 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The play was called back due to offensive interference. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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Caleb AbnerContributor IIIDecember 30, 2016

Greg Schiano must have really not wanted Kellen Winslow on his team. 

Seriously; who trades a bedrock like Winslow for a seventh round pick?

Many people will disagree with me on this, but Winslow was important to the Buccaneers. During his three years in Tampa, he did not miss a game. In addition, he was consistent, putting roughly 700-800 receiving yards on his stat sheet each season. 

However, Winslow could be a disruptive locker room presence. 

As the tight end confessed on SiriusXM Radio

"[Greg Schiano] was kind of upset that I wasn't there working out with the team in the off-season and for the first week of OTAs [organized team activities]."

How could Winslow not have anticipated a strong reaction by Schiano?

The new head coach wants to create a structured, disciplined organization, with a patented "Buccaneer Way." Hooliganism, sloth, or misbehaviors of any sort will not be tolerated. 

The Tampa Bay Times reports, Schiano said the following in a January press conference:

“It doesn’t work unless there’s consequences. That’s human nature, right? As a kid, I was always best as a young adult when I knew where the boundaries were. There’s got to be boundaries. When they hit the boundaries, there’s got to be consequences to bring them back in.

“Sometimes that consequence can drive someone away. Well, that’s the unfortunate part of it. When you don't know where the boundaries are, you start drifting. You end up in a bad place, and you don't know how you got there.”

Maybe Winslow missed the boat, but I find it far more likely that he was trying to provoke a trade. The Bucs' four wins in 2011 were all games when the veteran tight end caught five or less passes, and not once in those four games did he gain more than 44 receiving yards. His better performances were more a result of awful defense than better play. His best game (@ Green Bay) came against the worst defense in NFL history. I think Winslow saw that he was a non-factor in Tampa and wanted a move to a team where he'd have a better chance to shine. 

But, really, a seventh round pick?

Brandon Marshall went to the Bears for couple of high draft picks, but has a long history of off-field behavioral issues. 

Marshall's undoubtedly a better football player than Winslow, but one would think that teams would willing to give more than a seventh round pick for a guy who has never had any trouble with the law.

Back in 2009, Winslow went from Cleveland to Tampa Bay for a second-round pick and an eventual fifth rounder. 

What happened to that Kellen Winslow Jr?

This one has seen no drop in production and hasn't missed any playing time.

I have no doubt in my mind that Schiano wanted Winslow gone as quickly as possible. 

Even if it meant getting virtually nothing in return.

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