Originally written on SeaTown Sports  |  Last updated 6/2/12

TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 13: Tight end Kellen Winslow #82 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers runs after a reception against the Dallas Cowboys during the game at Raymond James Stadium on September 13, 2009 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)


                                                                             Photo Credit: Getty Images

This is Chris Brown's first article as a member of the SeaTown Sports staff. We are excited to have Chris join the team!

Last week, Seattle and Tampa Bay agreed to terms on a trade which sent Kellen Winslow to the Seahawks for a conditional 2013 6th/7th round pick.  Winslow was not happy in Tampa Bay, and reports coming out of Buccaneers camp were that the tight end was going to be released in the coming days if he could not be traded.

The 28 year old self-described “soldier” out of Miami came into the league in 2004 as the sixth overall pick chosen by the Cleveland Browns. Despite missing all but two games in his first two years in the league due to major leg injuries, Winslow has been surprisingly consistent. He has ranked among the top 10 in receptions by a tight end in every season in which he played all 16 games (missed six games in 2008 with a staph infection he blamed on the Browns’ medical staff), including a league leading 89 in 2006. The results speak for themselves; the man makes plays.

Winslow’s 75 receptions last year come close to doubling the 44 posted by all of Seattle’s TEs as a whole. Zach Miller, one of last season’s most highly touted free agent acquisitions, was used primarily as a blocker while the offensive line suffered growing pains under first year OL coach Tom Cable which caused his production to suffer; John Carlson was placed on IR before the regular season began; and neither Cameron Morrah, nor Anthony McCoy showed they were ready to fill the second TE role. Seattle was in need of another playmaker, or “touchdown-maker” as Pete Carroll likes to call them, and they found one.

Darrell Bevell has expressed past interest in two-TE sets, and that is something we are sure to see this fall with a new QB under center. Whether Flynn or Wilson wins the starting job remains to be seen; however, no matter who it is, they will be very inexperienced, and a young QB has no better friends than his tight ends. Imagine a redzone set featuring Marshawn Lynch, 6’5” Zach Miller, 6’5” Mike Williams, 6’4” Sidney Rice, and 6’4” Kellen Winslow – and who can forget Russell Wilson’s 10 ¼“ hands.

Even if Kellen Winslow doesn’t work out in Seattle, the cost is minimal. Worst case scenario: Winslow plays poorly, starts to become a negative presence in the locker room, gets cut, and Seattle loses a seventh round pick. Were you upset when Pep Levingston (2011 seventh round pick) did nothing last year? Me either. Best case scenario: Seattle gets a top 10 TE talent at a sixth round price, and in doing so, challenges New England for the title of “Best TE group in the League.”

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