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Insider: Bucs Trade Winslow, Sign Clark
Posted By Sports Talk Florida On May 22, 2012 @ 1:09 AM In 1040 Sports,Insider Main,Legacy,main feature,NFL | No Comments
As the offseason progresses, the definition of what is Greg Schiano’s “Buccaneer Man” is starting to become much clearer. Hustle. Details. Toes on the yard line during warm-ups.
And apparently attendance, at least to some degree.
The Buccaneers announced late Monday night that they traded Kellen Winslow, Jr. to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for an undisclosed draft pick, the same day Winslow went on SiriusXM radio and stated he was not going to return with the team.
Winslow said Schiano was “kind of upset” that he hadn’t been there for offseason workouts so far. The Buccaneers began offseason training activities last Monday.
Winslow marched to the beat of his own drum in the offseason, going through workouts in his home town of San Diego. Raheem Morris never made an issue out of it.
This ain’t Raheem Morris holding the whistle at One Buc Place anymore.
Schiano has closed down the Burger King mentality – players can’t have it their way anymore. Apparently that includes working out on their own while teammates are running from their coaches on the practice fields at One Buc Place.
It doesn’t matter if a player is a special teamer or one of the best offensive weapons on the team. It doesn’t matter that the front office gave up two draft picks, including a second-rounder, three years ago.
Shape up or else. Tanard Jackson and Winslow held key roles at arguably thin positional groups, but both have been shown the door.
To fill the void left by Winslow, the Bucs announced they reached an agreement on a one-year contract with free agent TE Dallas Clark.
Clark represents a possible reclamation project with a high upside. In 2009, Clark exploded for 100 catches for 1106 yards and 10 touchdowns en route to an All-Pro season.
“Dallas Clark is a consummate pro and proven playmaker,” Mark Dominik said. “He will be another asset, on and off the field, for our team. In addition to Luke Stocker’s continued improvement in his ability as an every-down tight end, we feel we have both talent and depth at the tight end position.”
The question is whether Clark can stay on the field. He missed the last ten games of the 2010 season with a wrist injury and five games in 2011 with a leg injury. In the last two years, Clark has totaled only 71 catches for 699 yards. Winslow had more catches and yards than that last year.
Of course, Clark and the rest of the 2011 Colts’ skill position players had to struggle with the poor quarterback play of Curtis Painter for most of the season. Now, Clark will be catching passes from (a trimmed down) Josh Freeman, with Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams on the outside.
If there’s anything you can say about Winslow, it’s that he’s tough and will find a way to play, even with his achy knee. Despite resting his knee on Wednesdays, he didn’t miss a game in his three years with the Bucs, compiling 218 catches for 2377 yards and 12 touchdowns.
However, it’s fair to question if the Bucs had concerns about that knee holding up down the road, with Winslow under contract for three more seasons. Also, Winslow was never lauded as a particularly strong blocker, and Schiano’s demand for a physical running game, and apparently attendance at voluntary offseason training activities, made Winslow an apparent poor fit with Schiano’s new look Bucs.
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