According to the Tampa Bay Times, the Bucs are expected to release Kellen Winslow and sign free agent Dallas Clark "probably sooner than later." Per beat writer Stephen Holder, "odds are good" the Bucs will find no takers for Winslow's contract, and he'll be cut rather than traded. The Bears are tentatively expected to have interest in Winslow, who could play a Tony Scheffler-like role in Mike Tice and Jeremy Bates' offense. Clark would likely be a 12-20 snap-per-game player in Tampa, seeing the field strictly on passing downs.
Source: Stephen Holder on Twitter May 21 - 2:39 PM
Bucs signed TE Dallas Clark, formerly of the Colts. Clark has a big name, but he's a late-career player who was a shell of his former self last season. Consistently exposed as a blocker and dropping eight passes among just over 60 targets, Clark was one of the weakest tight ends in football. Not all can be blamed on Curtis Painter and Dan Orlovsky, as Clark was a contributor in the Colts' woes. In Tampa, he doesn't figure to crack the fantasy radar. Clark will be a bit player, seeing the field only on passing downs in Greg Schiano's run-first attack.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, the Bucs are expected to release Kellen Winslow and sign free agent Dallas Clark "probably sooner than later." Per beat writer Stephen Holder, "odds are good" the Bucs will find no takers for Winslow's contract, and he'll be cut rather than traded. The Bears are tentatively expected to have interest in Winslow, who could play a Tony Scheffler-like role in Mike Tice and Jeremy Bates' offense. Clark would likely be a 12-20 snap-per-game player in Tampa, seeing the field strictly on passing downs
I'm thinking I should have held onto Luke Stocker in my dynasty league!
Bucs GM Mark Dominik described second-year TE Luke Stocker as an "every-down tight end" in his Monday announcement of the Kellen Winslow trade.The announcement also confirmed the acquisition of Dallas Clark, who figures to play second fiddle to the more well-rounded Stocker. Stocker will be the Bucs' in-line tight end, often staying in to block. Clark will enter the game on obvious passing downs. We don't expect either player to be a major fantasy factor.
The Seahawks announced Monday night they had traded an undisclosed 2013 draft pick for Winslow. ESPN reported the Seahawks gave up a seventh-rounder that could be upgraded to a sixth-round selection.
Winslow, who turns 29 on July 21, has three years and $13.3 million remaining on his contract. He's due to make $3.3 million in base salary next season.
At first glance, it appears Seattle made out like a bandit in a deal that brings in a gifted pass catcher to pair with tight end Zach Miller, who had 25 receptions for 233 yards and no touchdowns last season, his first with the Seahawks.
No surprise at all. Schiano is cleaning house with guys that think they are above the team or don't buy into the system. Winslow rarely practiced and would never come to OTAs because he wanted to work by himself. Not what Schiano wants on his team. Also, this is going to help Freeman. KII would be in his ear after every play and on the sideline demanding the ball. Freeman would force it into him all the time causing a pick or not getting the catch because of coverage. This will be Freeman's offense and he will feel more comfortable to see the field and make the throw he wants.
...and it appears he doesn't fit in the Seahawks plans either:
Seattle surprisingly releases TE Kellen Winslow By TIM BOOTH (AP Sports Writer) | The Associated Press – 17 hours ago
RENTON, Wash. (AP) -- Kellen Winslow was acquired by the Seattle Seahawks in the hopes that along with Zach Miller the duo could become a formidable set of tight ends who could add another element to the Seahawks offense.
Those plans drastically changed on Saturday when Winslow was released by the team, keeping true to the Seahawks' past form of tinkering with their roster even after all training camp cuts are made.
A team spokesman confirmed Winslow's release shortly after it was first reported by ESPN.com. Winslow was scheduled to make $3.3 million in base salary in 2012, following his trade from Tampa Bay to Seattle in May.
Seattle moved quickly to fill Winslow's spot by agreeing to terms with former Cleveland tight end Evan Moore, who was released by the Browns on Friday. Moore caught 34 passes for 324 yards and four touchdowns a season ago for Cleveland. Cutting Winslow briefly left Seattle with just Miller and Anthony McCoy on the active roster, but there is likely to be more shuffling before the Seahawks start preparations for the regular season opener at Arizona on Sept. 9.
The Seahawks gave up a conditional draft pick to the Buccaneers to get Winslow, who said it became clear he didn't fit into the plans of new Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano. Even with knee problems in the past, he was expected to be a significant contributor to the Seahawks offense.