The Tampa Bay Buccaneers may be without tight end Kellen Winslow in 2012. Winslow told Ross Tucker of SiriusXM's "The Opening Drive" on Monday morning that the Buccaneers are trying to trade him. Tucker said on the show that Bucs head coach Greg Schiano told the veteran tight end over the weekend that the team was trying to move him.
Winslow claims that the issue stems from his decision to work out on his own, a regular practice from the tight end, rather than with the team during the offseason. He claims the team never told him it would be a problem.
Tampa Bay signed Winslow to a six-year, $36 million deal in 2009. All of the guaranteed money from the contract has been paid. New coaching staffs casting off veteran players with perceived commitment issues is a regular feature in the NFL. If they cannot find a trade partner, the Bucs may simply release him.
Winslow, 28, caught a team-best 75 passes last season with 763 yards and two touchdowns.