How long can Kellen Winslow remain in the Brown's good graces on talent alone? I hope I'm not the only fan tired of the tight end making news year after year for non-football stories.
I cannot deny his talent. He's a big target with excellent hands and a warrior's attitude after the catch. There his value ends.
Drafted in 2004, he pressed the Brown's into granting him a $40million contract with a $16.5million signing bonus. Despite this contract stating that he was NOT allowed any physically dangerous activity outside of football, and specifically forbidding motorcycle riding, he bought a bike and tore up his knee in a parking lot.
The Browns would have been well within their rights to demand a return of the signing bonus, but they didn't. They courted his goodwill by letting him keep money that he didn't earn.
Rather than create a feeling of appreciation and loyalty in Winslow, he immediately grumbled about his contract the minute he was able to play.
Now he missed the game against the Giants for an undisclosed illness. The rumors are what they are, but the fact is that the Browns played their best game of the season without him. Not only did the offense move up and down the field, they fed Heiden the ball at will.
As I wrote, Kellen is a true talent, but talent alone doesn't make a player an asset for a team. It's only a matter of time before he's injured, complaining about money or being a distraction for some reason or another.
If I were the Browns, I'd see what the all-pro tight end's value is on the market. They have places that kind of cap money could be better spent.