by Brad Biggs
May 21, 02012
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are planning to move on from veteran tight end Kellen Winslow Jr.
That is what the player announced this morning on SiriusXM NFL Radio, according to host Ross Tucker.
Winslow said that new coach Greg Schiano informed him Saturday night that he is not in the plans for the club and he is likely to be traded. There were rumors back in March the Bucs were looking to deal Winslow, who turns 29 in March. Whether or not it was true then remains to be seen. What is known now is the club will work to move him.
What can Winslow bring in trade? Probably not a whole lot. He is signed for three more seasons and has a base salary of $3.3 million this season. Given his injury history and bad knees, it could be tough for the Bucs to extract much value for him at all. Winslow had 75 receptions for 763 yards and two touchdowns last season.
Last summer, the Chicago Bears picked up a third-round draft pick for tight end Greg Olsen, a younger player, when they shipped him to the Carolina Panthers. Olsen had a clean injury history.
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