Seattle Seahawks Release TE Kellen Winslow

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Seattle Seahawks Release TE Kellen Winslow
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NFL teams had to finalize their 53-man rosters on August 31, and the Seattle Seahawks have reportedly released tight end Kellen Winslow in their downsizing effort.

 

Update: Saturday, September 1 at 6:24 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to Tacoma News Tribune reporter Eric Williams, the Seahawks have officially announced that they've cut Winslow:

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ESPN's Adam Schefter had the news on Saturday:

Despite Winslow's questionable attitude, this is a surprising move for a team that lacks explosive playmakers on offense.

Winslow had three catches for 34 yards and one touchdown this preseason. He outperformed No. 1 tight end Zach Miller, but second-string tight end Anthony McCoy was the team's second-leading receiver.

Winslow, a nine-year veteran, had 75 catches for 763 yards and two touchdowns with Tampa Bay last season. He has 437 catches for his career, and is still a vertical threat in the right system.

Despite his athleticism, the Seahawks decided to go in a different direction. Miller is already a very capable target at tight end, and McCoy's production in the preseason lends optimism to his regular season progress.

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The Seahawks will rely on their ground game this season with rookie quarterback Russell Wilson behind center. Winslow could have contributed as a safety-valve option for the young quarterback, but instead, he is now looking for work elsewhere.

A few teams could use a reliable tight end. The Oakland Raiders have Brandon Myers and David Ausberry slotted in currently, and the Miami Dolphins lack any real targets for their first-year signal-caller.

Talented pass-catching tight ends are an asset in today's NFL, but Winslow's baggage apparently outweighs his value at this point. The Seahawks are a young squad, and he wasn't a part of their future plans.

Keep an eye out for any team that may swoop in on this former Pro Bowler.

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