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Seahawks release Kellen Winslow

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Kellen Winslow called the trade that sent him to Seattle a “perfect fit.”  The Seahawks ultimately disagreed with that proposition.

PFT has confirmed multiple reports that Winslow has been released by the Seahawks.

Sent from Tampa after Greg Schiano’s Bucs decided they wanted to move on, Winslow will now become a free agent (a soldier for hire, if you will), for the first time in his career.

Drafted by the Browns, Winslow was traded to Tampa in 2009.  The Bucs sent him to Seattle for a seventh-round pick in 2013, which could have upgraded to a sixth-round pick.  (In theory, it’s possible that the pick did upgrade, if the condition was Winslow making it onto the final 53-man roster.  He accomplished that feat.  For less than a day.)

The sixth overall pick in 2004, Winslow wrecked his knee while performing stunts on a motorcycle in May 2005.  Despite appearing in only two combined games over the first two years of his career, Winslow went on to have a solid career.

Whether that career will continue now depends on whether another team wants to bring him in.

Winslow was due to earn a base salary of $3.3 million in 2012.  If he had been on the team’s Week One roster, that amount would have been fully guaranteed, via the CBA’s termination pay provision.  For that reason, teams may not be interested in signing Winslow until after the first slate of games.

In the end, the Seahawks may have had the same concerns that the Buccaneers reportedly had.  A tight end who has a history of demanding the ball may not be the ideal target for a rookie quarterback.

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71 Responses to “Seahawks release Kellen Winslow”
  1. vbe2 says: Sep 1, 2012 6:22 PM

    Wasted potential. Maybe he should have joined the Army so he really could have been a Soldier…

  2. fezzy1 says: Sep 1, 2012 6:23 PM

    Now he has time to be a solider.

  3. jacunn2000 says: Sep 1, 2012 6:24 PM

    Hays. Soldiers usually have a 4 year contract.

  4. 305phinphan says: Sep 1, 2012 6:24 PM

    It’s time to come home to Miami Kellen!

  5. Sandra Lee's Cans says: Sep 1, 2012 6:27 PM

    Sorry, just can’t feel sorry for the guy.

  6. waussau says: Sep 1, 2012 6:29 PM

    “Soldier” on Winslow…

  7. jimnaizeeum says: Sep 1, 2012 6:29 PM

    His dad was a true pro….Kellen could have been very good, with better choices.

  8. elmaxoh says: Sep 1, 2012 6:30 PM

    Time to say goodbye to the NFL Kellen.

  9. voiceofreasonsays says: Sep 1, 2012 6:32 PM

    He should go coach Army and be a real SOLDIER!

  10. huskersrock1 says: Sep 1, 2012 6:32 PM

    I am a SOLDIER!

    ……

    at mcdonald’s

  11. skoobyfl says: Sep 1, 2012 6:34 PM

    Time for a revisit come week 2.

  12. upyoursnfu says: Sep 1, 2012 6:35 PM

    Go back to Cleveland. They are still pretty desperate.

  13. jeffesky says: Sep 1, 2012 6:35 PM

    Curious to say the least. with two TE’s left someone got released the hawks are picking up. These guys are always active ALWAYS in upgrading the roster thats why we may see changes over the next few days at WR.RB.LB and in the secondary. 53 man for the hawks is no where near done for 2012. See 2010 and 2011.

  14. backdraft440 says: Sep 1, 2012 6:37 PM

    What a loser!

  15. MichaelEdits says: Sep 1, 2012 6:37 PM

    I suppose a career in Olympic long jumping is out of the question.

  16. youarewrongandthisiswhy says: Sep 1, 2012 6:41 PM

    Jets will be all over this guy.

  17. realitypolice says: Sep 1, 2012 6:42 PM

    If the kicker from a 7th round pick to a 6th was making the roster, he wouldn’t have made it. You think they would have put him on the 53 man roster for 24 hours if it cost them a higher pick?

    You cannot be serious.

  18. clownsfan says: Sep 1, 2012 6:43 PM

    We’re not that desperate.

  19. gotampabay52 says: Sep 1, 2012 6:47 PM

    stupid seattle fans when the trade happened you all thought you got the guy that would help you win lmao now oh winslow said it was the perfect fit yeah ok how is the fit now seattle sucks

  20. osiris33 says: Sep 1, 2012 6:48 PM

    This isn’t an upgrade, unfortunatley, it’s a downgrade. Now we have no pass-catching TE. Stupid.

  21. 23tarheel23 says: Sep 1, 2012 6:48 PM

    Too many Urkels on your team, that’s why your “Wins Low”

  22. bucsfan5000 says: Sep 1, 2012 6:58 PM

    Pete Carroll wouldn’t let him take one day off a week from practice to rest his knee, and neither would Greg Schiano, like Raheem Morris did. Washington, anyone?

  23. grogansneck says: Sep 1, 2012 6:58 PM

    The Jets needs a foot soldier.

  24. seatownballers says: Sep 1, 2012 7:00 PM

    I understand this move, but things aren’t done. Seattle now has 5 running backs and 2 tight ends. Miller hasn’t stayed healthy since day one. I think a trade is coming and its most likely leon washington.. IMO

  25. jmclarkent says: Sep 1, 2012 7:05 PM

    With Zac Miller shaky, they must have either Moore or Cooley on the hook – otherwise this is madness (This… Is… Sparta).

  26. fdugrad says: Sep 1, 2012 7:06 PM

    And…as he left, there wasn’t a wet eye in the house!

  27. donnymacjack says: Sep 1, 2012 7:07 PM

    This had nothing to do with attitude or such, purely a money situation. The Seahawks couldn’t justify his price when they were already constantly managing his health during the week. Expect him to re-sign with the Hawks for less. Something around 1.5 or 2.0m per year for one year and possibly a small guarantee.

  28. thehighhat says: Sep 1, 2012 7:17 PM

    I can’t stand Pete Carroll but have to say he’s made some gutsy moves this pre-season. We’ll see soon enough how it all translates.

  29. Wisconsin77 says: Sep 1, 2012 7:18 PM

    Proof that being a good football player requires both talent AND a good attitude.

  30. ern215 says: Sep 1, 2012 7:19 PM

    welcome to oakland

  31. wjmoffatt says: Sep 1, 2012 7:20 PM

    Being a Tamp Bay fan, must say that I’m very happy to being seeing this guy get cut! His a cancer

  32. nobby821 says: Sep 1, 2012 7:22 PM

    “All these head coaches wanting me to line up at the whistle…I just had to roll man”

    Keep on Rollin, Kellen

  33. jeffesky says: Sep 1, 2012 7:27 PM

    All the hawks haters crack me up. u morons focus on our team as if we give a rats ass or even know anything abiut your team, CLASSIC TEA BAGS!

  34. 4512dawg4512 says: Sep 1, 2012 7:35 PM

    Release T.O = 5-11, release K2 = 4-12, have a good luck Seahawks, you’re gonna need it

  35. bucnbutfan says: Sep 1, 2012 7:50 PM

    Now I think this coach is doing good, the ranking of young Wilson as his starter over Flynn, and letting go of the over demanding old farts lets this team move.

    Nice to see another coach feeling that Winslow cannot contribute on a Team level.

  36. jayquintana says: Sep 1, 2012 7:51 PM

    Enough with the soldier stuff… he said it when he was 21, let it go. Who amongst us hasn’t said something silly when we were that age?

  37. dswan3199 says: Sep 1, 2012 8:00 PM

    Seahawks just sigend Evan Moore. If you don’t know of him. He is awesome! Great guy and Catches EVERYTHING… hes 6-4. His only knock is his run blocking is suspect… And He was always in the browns dog house… Enjoy him… He will have 5 or more TD’s

  38. oldcracker says: Sep 1, 2012 8:10 PM

    I can’t even imagine what that clubhouse was like with TO, Edwards, and Winslow. I just think Carroll came to his senses.

  39. mymanmccoy says: Sep 1, 2012 8:12 PM

    Another example of running your mouth too much. If he ever played up to the potential of who he thought he was, it might have been a different story for him.

  40. ~Hate~ says: Sep 1, 2012 8:25 PM

    “Toes on the line, Kellen…..Toes on the line!!”

  41. mr4thand1 says: Sep 1, 2012 8:30 PM

    At 21, I was a SOLDIER for 4 years in the United States Army……..best 4 years of my life.
    Kellen Winslow, jr. wouldn’t know what being a SOLDIER is all about.

  42. mikenjess143 says: Sep 1, 2012 8:46 PM

    Maybe he should have learned to put his toes on the line.

  43. thelastpieceofcheese says: Sep 1, 2012 8:46 PM

    Kellen Winslo, another one of Pete Carrol’s moves that went bust.

    No wonder he has not had a winning season since he returned to the NFL.

    Poor Seahawks fans. They must be inhaling Mount St. Helens’ ashes to support this clown.

  44. vincentbojackson says: Sep 1, 2012 9:07 PM

    Would be a perfect fit in New England considering Belichick seems bent on rolling out Brady with 10 tight ends on offense.

  45. exibitsman says: Sep 1, 2012 9:08 PM

    I think REX will sign this guy he’s a rex Ryan type of player hard nosed. He said
    He always wanted to play for REX.

  46. scoobaj says: Sep 1, 2012 9:27 PM

    Russell Wilson’s presence in the locker room demands 100% commitment and effort from everyone around, his leadership weeds out the turds

  47. brownsclown says: Sep 1, 2012 9:45 PM

    It appears that the Seahawks eliminate a real
    T U R D and a infantry wannabee!

  48. paredskinwarrior1985 says: Sep 1, 2012 9:46 PM

    I would love to see the Redskins pick this guy up for really cheap as a backup to Davis. I hope they cut niles Paul and either sign Winslow or bring back COOLEY for cheap. RG3 would be an all pro his rookie year if the Redskins use Davis and Winslow as the pats use their TEs. HTTR

  49. cliffordc05 says: Sep 1, 2012 10:13 PM

    It is my understanding that the Seahawks would have kept him had he agreed to restructure his contract. This is familiar territory for this management group. Lofa Tatupu faced the same situation last year and refused to take less money despite lingering health issues. This seems different because Lofa was such a class act and was a personal favorite of Carroll. However, Pete is bloodless when it comes to making moves that he thinks are in the best interest of the team.

  50. adventistgroup says: Sep 1, 2012 10:20 PM

    This is too odd. I am quicly becoming someone who would like to see Carol gone. He “thinks” he has a “system”.

    Erratic and NFL do not mix.

  51. mjbucs75 says: Sep 1, 2012 10:29 PM

    Yes, send this turd to washington with coach Rah-Rah morris. I’m sure he would take him. Maybe winslow and tanard jackson can be friends….oh wait nevermind

  52. muklodge says: Sep 1, 2012 11:09 PM

    Consistent improvement over the last two years with the Seahawks. No reason to think Carroll and company are making any mistakes here…

  53. katolungile says: Sep 1, 2012 11:17 PM

    You know he’s the kind of guy who pissed away all his money too… He may have to enlist and be a REAL soldier!

  54. tatum064 says: Sep 1, 2012 11:23 PM

    “Yes, send this turd to washington with coach Rah-Rah morris. I’m sure he would take him. Maybe winslow and tanard jackson can be friends….oh wait nevermind”

    Its not like V-Jax is a character guy, either.
    Careful , Buc fan, Freeman looked VERY shaky in pre-season.

  55. seahawksgirl says: Sep 1, 2012 11:36 PM

    I agree with some of the other posts, I think that this was a money issue and not a talent or “bust by the front office” issue. He should have restructured, but oh well, welcome to Seattle Evan Moore.

  56. jagwar73 says: Sep 2, 2012 12:03 AM

    Russell Wilson looks like a young Drew Brees. Not just because of his height. Underrated athlete, quick release, and he is so accurate. Makes things look effortless like Brees. Great pick!

  57. richndc says: Sep 2, 2012 12:20 AM

    so weird. the other day when asked how he felt on going to the Seahawks, he said: “Felch-tastic”

  58. 27xwschamps says: Sep 2, 2012 1:01 AM

    Sucks 2 b him !!!! Jack in the box is hiring

  59. badintent says: Sep 2, 2012 4:16 AM

    HE comth to CFL !! Big field, no blocking , just run and catch ball, keep running. Kelvin, get on I-5, go North , pass the border to Vancouver, turn right at bridge, go to B.C . Stadium. BC Lions will suit you up and you can try skiing. Break a leg !

  60. billh1947 says: Sep 2, 2012 7:00 AM

    Who the hell cares if a washed up selfish player get unemployed.it happens every year.

  61. TheWizard says: Sep 2, 2012 8:46 AM

    he said it when he was 21, let it go. Who amongst us hasn’t said something silly when we were that age?

    When I was 21, I was in my 4th year in the workforce full time and my first year in a management position.

    So maybe I just have high expectations.

    This guy never got it and apparently never will.

  62. kingpel says: Sep 2, 2012 8:52 AM

    Those knees are going to need a warm climate to play in.

  63. cantonbound13 says: Sep 2, 2012 9:38 AM

    I’d take him over stone hands Fassano in Miami.

  64. bunjy96 says: Sep 2, 2012 9:52 AM

    Be careful what you wish for.

  65. falstaffsmind says: Sep 2, 2012 10:08 AM

    Winslow still has ability, even star potential, despite the knee. Unfortunately his brashness tends to turn off modern day coaches that are interested in professionalism and flawless execution. Across the league, the age of the maverick player is dying.

  66. hoberkunce says: Sep 2, 2012 10:15 AM

    Winslow and his agent knew when Seattle picked Winslow up that he’d be released if he didn’t renegotiate his deal–he was making too much money for a no. 2 TE. Winslow didn’t want to take a paycut so he was released.

    GM Schneider knew this all along and was on the lookout for a replacement. None of the TEs in Seahawks camp wouldn’t be good enough. When Schneider talked to Moore’s agent Schneider knew he could get Moore at the right price so Winslow was released.

    The sky is not falling. This is basic GM work that every team expects to execute without issue. It’s only a big deal in the press because it’s Winslow.

  67. ripster65 says: Sep 2, 2012 10:42 AM

    jeffesky says:Sep 1, 2012 7:27 PM

    All the hawks haters crack me up. u morons focus on our team as if we give a rats ass or even know anything abiut your team, CLASSIC TEA BAGS!
    ——–

    believe me, no one is focusing on your team….this is just one more random story that we, the people, are encouraged to comment on..no one focuses on the squaks…

  68. nashwaakkidd says: Sep 2, 2012 11:00 AM

    no surprise here, malcontent with decent ability,a bad attitude and flapping gums….perfect fit for the jets hahaha

  69. truehoosier62 says: Sep 2, 2012 11:08 AM

    Makes one wonder if “Dad” wanted him to be a football player more than he did.

  70. magicbucs says: Sep 2, 2012 1:05 PM

    Haha told you Seahawk fans this guy is a LOSER. Terrible attitude, terrible teammate, bad for young players to be around. Especially for a young QB.

  71. chi01town says: Sep 2, 2012 1:19 PM

    Winslow should go to Chicago an join a Superbowl team. Cutler likes weapons an Winslow will fit in nice.

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