With all the controversy, self-centeredness, INJURIES, and all the baggage that comes with Kellen Winslow, the Seattle Seahawks have decided to take a chance on Winslow. Was Seattle forced into this trade or do they like settling for average players with the “I” mentality. Winslow is a former Cleveland Brown and now a former Tampa Bay Buccaneer, now nine seasons into his career, is there really anything left?
Kellen Winslow in Cleveland
Winslow was drafted by the Browns out of the University of Miami with the sixth pick in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft. Cleveland head coach Butch Davis was also the coach who recruited Winslow to the University of Miami before leaving for the NFL prior to ever coaching Winslow in college.
2004 leg injury
Winslow was expected to give the Cleveland offense an immediate boost. Two games into his rookie season, however, he suffered a broken right fibula, costing him $5.3 million in incentive bonuses. The injury kept him on the sidelines for the remainder of the year after having only recorded five catches for 50 yards.
2005 motorcycle accident
This expectation changed on May 1, 2005 when Winslow, while riding his Suzuki GSX-R750 motorcycle in a community college parking lot in suburban Westlake, hit a curb at about 35 mph and was thrown from his bike. Winslow sustained a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and was placed on the “Physically Unable-to-Perform (Non Football Injury)” list for the 2005 season. Winslow also fought off a six-week staph infection that resulted from his knee injury.
While Winslow was contractually obligated by the NFL’s standard player contract not to “engage in … any activity other than football which may involve a significant risk of personal injury”, and specifically not to ride a motorcycle under his contract with the Browns, he nevertheless purchased the powerful sport bike.
Winslow attended the Browns’ 2006 training camp and pronounced himself ready to play. The Associated Press reported in August 2006 that Winslow said that, even at 90 percent, he was superior to every other NFL tight end. ”
In the opening game of the 2006 NFL season against the New Orleans Saints, Winslow recorded his first NFL touchdown, scoring on an 18-yard pass from quarterback Charlie Frye. Winslow emerged as a reliable target for Cleveland, finishing the year with 89 receptions, the most at his position on the season, which also tied Ozzie Newsome’s all-time franchise record for receptions in a season. Winslow underwent micro-fracture surgery on his right knee January 31, 2007 at the Cleveland Clinic in an attempt to further repair cartilage damage sustained in the motorcycle accident in 2005.
He had a successful season and finished with 82 receptions for 1106 yards and five touchdowns. On December 18, Winslow was named as a first alternate for the 2008 Pro Bowl. On February 4, Antonio Gates of the San Diego Chargers announced he would not be attending the Pro Bowl due to injury. This paved the way for Winslow to make his first trip to the Pro Bowl.
Kellen Winslow in Tampa Bay
Winslow was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on February 27, 2009 for their 2nd round pick in the 2009 NFL Draft and their 5th round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. He received the biggest contract for a tight end in NFL history with a 6 year $36 million deal
Winslow went on to a record-breaking season with the Buccaneers in his first year with team, including single-season franchise records for a tight end in receptions (77) and receiving yards (884). His 77 catches led the team that season.
In his second year with the Buccaneers, he led the team in receptions with 66, for 730 yards and scored 5 touchdowns.
Once again Winslow led the team in receptions in his third season with the Buccaneers, recording 75 receptions for 763 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns.
On May 21, 2012, Winslow annou nced that the Buccaneers had informed him that he is either going to be traded or released. I was also reported that Winslow has been directed not to attend organized team activities (‘OTAs’) while a trade is pursued, contradicting earlier reports that Winslow refused to participate in OTAs.
Kellen Winslow in Seattle
Kellen Winslow was traded to the Seattle Seahawks on May 22, 2012.
On the day after the trade, Winslow has already managed to get himself into trouble. Kellen Winslow is being sued for more than $133,000 in damages to a Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., home that he and his wife had rented for six months in 2011, Brent Schrotenboer of U-T San Diego reported Wednesday.
Brian Watkins, Winslow’s attorney, denied the allegations, referring to the suit as a “shakedown of a professional athlete.”
“They want to portray it as though Kellen Winslow had a fraternity of football friends partying,” Watkins told the newspaper. “But the house was rented for his wife, who was pregnant. She was living there with her mother and a housekeeper. There was no partying going on. Kellen was rarely even there.”
Watkins told the newspaper that the bills were supposed to have been handled by Winslow’s real estate agent, but weren’t paid because of some sort of mix-up. He attributed the holes in the walls to the mounting of flat-screen TVs.
Really? I am glad that the Cleveland Browns did one of the wisest things the could of ever done, trading him off years ago. Motorcycle wreck, calling himself a soldier in college, lack of performance, and now the latest with his rental, T.O. is starting to look like a saint compared to all his issues.