Kellen Winslow traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

by Ryan R. Bonini on February 23, 2009 @ 00:00:00 PDT


Adam Schefter, of the NFL Network, reports the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have acquired tight end Kellen Winslow from the Cleveland Browns for undisclosed draft picks.

Winslow, whose tumultuous career with the Browns is finally over, gives the Buccaneers a substantial upgrade at tight end and another legit pass-catching option to tag team with franchised wide receiver Antonio Bryant.

Over the last three years, Winslow has averaged 71.3 receptions, 803 receiving yards and 3.7 receiving touchdowns per year. Last season was a step backwards, as he caught just 43 balls after catching a combined 171 the previous two seasons. Granted, he also missed six games in 2008.

For as much talent as Winslow has, he also has had more than his fair share of conflicts with the team and injury problems (knee, ankle, shoulder, infections, etc.). Winslow missed 30 games between 2004 and 2005 while recovering from off-the-field injuries.

Fantasy owners know what they get with Winslow going in: A blue-chip talent, but a bright red flag flying high overhead. Now the biggest question in Tampa Bay has to be: Who will be throwing him the football?

Unproven quarterback Luke McCown is the front-runner, but it is only February....

Winslow was able to get the job done with a cluster of erratic quarterbacks in Cleveland, so there is little doubt he will be able to continue to do the same in Tampa Bay once their starter is clear.

As for Tampa Bay's remaining tight ends, neither Alex Smith nor John Gilmore has the look of being fantasy contributors this season, even though it is still early.

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About Ryan R. Bonini

Founding KFFL in 1996, Bonini now serves as VP of Fantasy Sports Solutions for USA TODAY SPORTS, KFFL's parent company. Bonini was named 2009 Fantasy Football Writer of the Year by the FSWA, received honors with the Best Fantasy Football Series in '10 and was named into their Hall of Fame in '13.

His work has been found in USA TODAY Sports, Yahoo! Sports, FOX Sports, CBS Sports,, and many others. He has also been featured on numerous radio programs around the country. Bonini is a member of the PFWA, FSWA and FSTA.

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