Nobody saw this one coming. Just one day after he survived the final roster cut, Kellen Winslow, Jr. has been released by the Seahawks.
There's no word yet on why this move took place, but the reasoning is likely to be financial: he was scheduled to make $3.3 million this year, and $13.3 million total over the three years left on his contract. It's entirely possible that Winslow was released so that the team could sign him to a new contract with a lower price tag (there are limits on how much you can restructure a contract, but it's been awhile since I've browsed through that part of the collective bargaining agreement). However, until some new details emerge all we can do is scratch our heads and wonder what the hell just happened.
Addendum: Thomas Beekers over at Field Gulls raised the possibility that Winslow was cut so that the Seahawks wouldn't owe the Buccaneers the conditional draft pick they traded in exchange for the veteran tight end.
UPDATE (6:06): It looks like the split is going to be permanent. The Seahawks just signed TE Evan Moore to replace Winslow on the roster. Moore is a receiving tight end who spent his first three seasons with the Browns after going undrafted out of Stanford. His stats aren't too exciting (62 career receptions for 804 yards and 5 TDs), but he was buried on Cleveland's depth chart.
Like a lot of receiving tight ends, Moore played basketball in college. As a result, he excels at high-pointing the ball and in general he's known for his great hands and willingness to take a hit. Unfortunately, he's also been plagued by injuries throughout his NFL career. He's got the potential to really help out the Seahawks in the passing game, but if he gets hurt and ends up missing games the team isn't out much money. Low risk, high reward -- I hear that's a specialty of John Schneider's.
...And Moore was already on the field today running routes and taking passes! He said this weekend has been quite a whirlwind for him! Getting waived on Friday, picked up on Saturday, signed on Sunday, and then on the practice field Monday! Did the guy even have time to pack a bag! FYI, both JS and PC know this guy well. PC played against him while Moore was at Stanford and JS picked him up in 2008 while he was at Green Bay. Green Bay waived him the next year after he spent most of 2008 on IR.
At this point I am not too worried about him. McCoy looked great this preseason (which is a nice change) so with Moore coming in as a 3rd TE he should be able to focus primarily on catching passes rather than throwing down blocks. I did see today though that Jermaine Kearse got added to the practice squad along with Edawn Coughman (who apparently can play tackle on both offense and defense) and we parted ways with TE Sean McGrath. I do not know if McGrath was just cut or picked up by someone else. Either way, this does put more emphasis on the performance of Moore as the 3rd TE by not having a backup on the practice squad.
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I have yet to see any satisfactory explanation (or really any explanation at all) for McGrath's release.
As for Winslow, I noticed today that the Patriots decided not to sign him after he failed their physical, so it would seem that his knee is worse than anyone thought.
@Chris Columbus From what I've read, Moore seems to have a lot in common with John Carlson: pretty great as a receiver, not so hot as a blocker. He came into the league as a 233 lbs tight end who had never played the position (he was a wide receiver in college) and since then he's bulked up to 250, so he's now got the size he needs to develop into a better blocker. Give him a couple weeks with Tom Cable and we'll see if he improves in that category.
@Matthew Heuett I would like to see him play now. Thanks for the article & update. Kellen Winslow could have been better last year, was it their line or just him? You think they will still give him life in the NFL somewhere?
@Matthew Heuett @Chris Columbus I sure hope so. It is weird, but I don’t hate the Texans, nowhere near the way I hate the 49ers! Can’t stand them! But I hope so. I went to a Sunday practice, & him (Henne) & Gabbert both looked pretty good. Gabbert has a cannon on him, & Henne can’t help Gabbert out, by what he sees on other teams D’s. Snipers are in sets of two’s; 1 to pull a trigger, & another to give an accurate account of weather & to help the trigger-man lock on to his or her grids. Gabbert’s the trigger man for now. He’s 6 foot 5! Henne is 6-4. I got Henne’s autograph, & maybe because I am 6-1, I didn’t notice anyone other than linemen being monster tall.The Jags look good, so do the Hawks! I like having them both as my two top teams, because the Jaguars used to play the Steelers, & I hate them the worst, so it just works out. I like the Giants, are my third team (more than likely), because they play the cowboys every year, & have beat the stupid Patriots in both those Super Bowl, but overall, Eli & Couch Coughlin & the whole Giants Team gets my respect.I am working on a website project; you’re site gets deemed, fan & comment friendly, & I am going to explain how your site functions with you, the writer’s interactions with the readers. I only know of one more/other, that I can even remember so far.
@Chris Columbus Well, just because the offensive line performed well enough as a unit doesn't mean that the individual linemen couldn't stand to be upgraded. And from what I've heard, Winslow was butting heads with the new head coach, so he was done in Tampa no matter what.
Mularkey wasn't so great as the Bills' head coach, but he's been one of the better offensive coordinators in the NFL the last few years and he's got a more talented group to work with in Jacksonville than he ever did up north. If he can get some receiving help for that poor bastard Gabbert they should be able to give Houston a run for their money in the AFC South.
@Matthew Heuett So the line issue in Tampa was really just Freeman huh? Well that is kind of weird that they brought in that lineman. Do they need another TE back in Tampa, or was his road burnt? I live in Florida, but so much is going on with our Jaguars here, right now with MJD & Rashad. The team looks AWESOME!
Blackmon & Robinson! I rave about the Robinson pick, I prefer Mularkey’s draft picks actually, & also like how he brought in so many good talented players to improve the season(s), competing for the jobs.
& I am a Seattle Seahawks fan (originally), & they got me too! In the dang media, prying into the matters! Funny, ha, ha!
& Josh Freeman seemed ok in 2010, but he did suck last year.
@Chris Columbus Tampa Bay's offensive line wasn't the problem last year (9th fewest sacks in the NFL, 4.2 ypc rushing average). Their quarterback was off his game all season long (62.8% completion percentage, but 22 interceptions to 16 TDs and a mediocre 6.5 yards per attempt), so that had something to do with it, but Winslow also looked like he was starting to slow down a bit. As bad as Winslow's knee is, he's been damned lucky to have been able to play at a high level for as long as he has.
And yes, I think someone out there is bound to pick him up at some point this season. Tight ends tend to get hurt often, so teams are bound to be looking for injury replacements at that position sooner rather than later. Besides, Winslow may not be as quick as he used to be, but he's still got some of the best hands in the business and that's a commodity that's always in demand.
Yeah he did/does, I forgot about that almost, but believed it might be a chance for him to of cleaned his image up a little bit. I still think the biggest Seahawks, Pete Carroll mistake is not sticking with the Flynn plan (just an opinion). Flynn can still come in if Wilson gets hurt, forbid that were to happen.
Hey Mathew: There were a couple of pretty good youngsters who played well during the preseason. I'll bet that had a lot do do with his release. He was just a safety valve for the TE position.
@LouisLouis Good point. Sometimes it's hard to look at a guy's past accomplishments and not think that he's still capable of playing at that level, and I think I fell into that trap a bit with Winslow. Looking back on the preseason, he did look like he was having some trouble getting separation from defenders.