Dec, 24, 2011; Charlotte, NC, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Kellen Winslow (82) with the ball as Carolina Panthers middle linebacker Dan Connor (55) and free safety Sherrod Martin (23) and cornerback Chris Gamble (20) and defensive tackle Andre Neblett (68) defend in the third quarter. The Panthers defeated the Buccaneers 48-16 at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-US PRESSWIRE

Seahawks Grab Winslow From Bucs


The St. Louis Rams added to their tight end group last week when they claimed Brody Eldridge off waivers from Indianapolis, so the division-rival Seattle Seahawks decided to make a move of their own. The Seahawks sent a conditional 2013 draft pick to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for Kellen Winslow. I was obviously joking about the Seahawks making this move to answer the Rams, because picking up Winslow is a far bigger deal than the Rams and Eldridge. Personally, I’m a huge Winslow fan and I think he’s a far better player than he gets credit for. I actually would have been for the Rams pursuing a trade for him if we weren’t already overloaded at the TE position.

Winslow will probably be a starter for the Seahawks, and I would think that he could really help out whoever plays quarterback. He’s a big target who has great hands and is an excellent athlete, so he can be a security blanket for a QB who might not have as much NFL experience. I’m not saying this move completely transforms the Seahawks and their offense or anything, but I do think it was a positive move for them and they are at least a little better today than they were yesterday. Considering the trouble the Rams have had defending talented tight ends over the last few years, let’s hope Jeff Fisher and company are able to keep Winslow under wraps.

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