Gary Shelton of the Tampa Bay Times writes that with the arrival of the intense Greg Schiano as the head coach at Tampa Bay, Kellen Winslow was no longer a good fit for the Bucs.
Shelton: In the end, Winslow simply didn’t fit anymore. Not here and not now, not as a player and not as a proclamation. The new coach, Greg Schiano, is urgent, demanding, and his immediate goal is to squeeze everything he can out of the next five minutes. Winslow is a take-his-time, do-it-his-way guy who requires special handling. You could not have imagined a worse match.”
Brock Huard of ESPN 710 Seattle says that the addition of Winslow will help keep defenses from stacking the box to stop Marshawn Lynch.
Brian McIntyre of NFL.com reports that Winslow has three years and $15.95 million remaining on his deal, and will count $4.8 million against Seattle’s salary cap in 2012.
ESPN’s Mike Sando offers his thoughts on the Kellen Winslow trade: “Winslow, the sixth player chosen in the 2004 draft, is an upgrade over (John) Carlson from a talent standpoint. Questions about Winslow’s knees and attitude have persisted over the years, but Winslow hasn’t missed a game over the last three seasons. He hasn’t incurred the off-field issues that marked the early portion of his career.”
Doug Farrar of Yahoo Sports writes that Seattle used two tight-end sets 39 percent of the time last season.
Dave Boling of The News Tribune profiles Seahawks director of player development Maurice Kelly, who helps keep Seattle players on the right path off the field.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com has the details on the beginning this week’s OTAs. Media availability will be on Thursday this week.
Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders notes that Seattle linebacker Heath Farwell led the league in special teams tackles last season.
Matt Bowen of the National Football Post writes the league’s discussions of making wearing thigh, hip and knee pads mandatory won’t sit well with defensive backs and wide receivers.