The Buccaneers had two opportunities to heed this advice as to tight end Kellen Winslow.
They could have done so when trading a second-round pick to the Browns for Winslow on the first day of the 2009 league year.
And they could have done so when signing Winslow to a big-money contract with more than $20 million in guaranteed base salaries.
Now, months after the fact, coach Raheem Morris is figuring out that Winslow is, as Morris reportedly put it on Thursday, “too up and down emotionally.”
The comments come courtesy of our friends at Pewter Report; per the report, Morris has spoken to Winslow about the situation.
Based on Winslow’s college and pro career, should Morris have been surprised by this?
What’s surprising to us is that the rookie head coach has opted to call Winslow out in the media for being “too up and down emotionally.” It suggests that Morris’ efforts to get Winslow to change by keeping the matter private haven’t been successful, and that Morris hopes taking the situation public will get through to him.
But maybe Morris should have talked to former Browns G.M. Phil Savage before pulling the pin on that specific grenade.