Originally written on Seahawk Addicts  |  Last updated 9/1/12

Nobody saw this one coming. Just one day after he survived the final roster cut, Kellen Winslow, Jr. has been released by the Seahawks.

There's no word yet on why this move took place, but the reasoning is likely to be financial: he was scheduled to make $3.3 million this year, and $13.3 million total over the three years left on his contract. It's entirely possible that Winslow was released so that the team could sign him to a new contract with a lower price tag (there are limits on how much you can restructure a contract, but it's been awhile since I've browsed through that part of the collective bargaining agreement). However, until some new details emerge all we can do is scratch our heads and wonder what the hell just happened.

Addendum: Thomas Beekers over at Field Gulls raised the possibility that Winslow was cut so that the Seahawks wouldn't owe the Buccaneers the conditional draft pick they traded in exchange for the veteran tight end.

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