Somehow, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have managed to get a draft pick in return for Kellen Winslow Jr. The Bucs announced that the team had traded Winslow to the Seattle Seahawks, and Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Buccaneers will receive a seventh-round pick that can be upgraded to a sixth-round pick in return for Winslow.
It was made clear yesterday that the Bucs and Winslow would part ways after the veteran tight end appeared on Sirius XM and claimed that the Bucs were looking to trade him. I'm somewhat surprised they actually managed to get anything in return for Winslow, who has a fairly hefty contract and is clearly declining.
In his three seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Winslow was easily Josh Freeman's most reliable target. After the Bucs gave up a second- and fifth-round pick for the tight end, he caught 218 passes for 2,377 yards and 12 touchdowns in three seasons. However, his gimpy knee limited his effectiveness and practice time, and he had lost a lot of speed by 2011.
The Bucs also officially announced that they signed tight end Dallas Clark to a one-year deal to replace Kellen Winslow. Whether that's a good move remains to be seen.