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Kellen Winslow on Seahawks departure: You don’t do a vet like that


Tight end Kellen Winslow has no hard feelings against Jets General Manager John Idzik for being a Seahawks employee when the team cut him before the start of the 2012 season.

The same can’t be said of the rest of the organization, however. Winslow said Thursday that it was “frustrating” to get cut after training camp because he wasn’t willing to take a pay cut and he feels like the team could have handled it differently.

“What happened in Seattle, I couldn’t control that,” Winslow said, via Kimberley Martin of Newsday. “They cut me after training camp. That was out of my control. And they cut me over money. So they put me in a bad situation. I’ve never been put in that situation … You just don’t do a vet like that. And that’s pretty much it.”

Winslow also said that his brief stay in New England ended because he didn’t think he’d be able to earn playing time without having the benefit of training camp, which plays into his comments about the Seahawks. Whether it’s true or not, plenty of vets get done every year the same way that Winslow did so there isn’t much point to going down that route other than trying to convince doubters that his health wasn’t the reason why he missed all but one game last season.

He’ll get every opportunity to prove he’s physically up to the job with the Jets this year and questions about what went wrong with the Seahawks will go away forever if he does.

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46 Responses to “Kellen Winslow on Seahawks departure: You don’t do a vet like that”
  1. fitz66 says: Aug 1, 2013 3:59 PM

    He’s a vet?

    Oh thats right…totally forgot he was a “solider.”

  2. nflcrimerankingscom says: Aug 1, 2013 4:01 PM

    And Kellen truly thinks he is a vet. Vietnam Vet, Persian Gulf Vet, probably all of them.

  3. scoops1 says: Aug 1, 2013 4:02 PM

    He ain’t goin downnnn like that

    He ain’t goin downnnn like that

    He ain’t goin downnnn like that

  4. Mike Florio says: Aug 1, 2013 4:03 PM

    If only Winslow had stuck to the kind of bike he’s riding in the photo, he’d possibly be closing in on Hall of Fame career numbers.

  5. nyninerfan says: Aug 1, 2013 4:04 PM

    A circus can never have too many clowns apparently.

  6. dblone says: Aug 1, 2013 4:05 PM

    I’m sure Sanchez is looking forward to playing with him. Until he underthrows that 3rd and 6 drag route. Then K2 will be sure to talk to him vet-to-vet.

  7. brownsalwaysrebuilding says: Aug 1, 2013 4:05 PM

    I wouldn’t mind him back in Cleveland. Still have my Browns #80 Winslow jersey.

  8. redskinfansince82 says: Aug 1, 2013 4:10 PM

    This is a business.

  9. pathsovglory says: Aug 1, 2013 4:10 PM

    Guy gets cut over money…


  10. anicra says: Aug 1, 2013 4:12 PM

    Kellen Winslow SR class act, Kellen Winslow Jr or II not quite the same.

  11. mrlaloosh says: Aug 1, 2013 4:14 PM

    Sea chickens were mad because he wouldn’t get on the adderall plan. He needs something a lot more mellow.

  12. justintuckrule says: Aug 1, 2013 4:16 PM

    Sleeper TE pick of FF. The Jets have absolutely nobody else to throw to. He should get tons of looks. Since he hasn’t played in about 12 years, his health should be tip-top.

  13. ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: Aug 1, 2013 4:17 PM

    You mean idiotzik did something smart? Thats what I can’t believe.

  14. sweetnlow44 says: Aug 1, 2013 4:18 PM

    Hey Winslow, if your performance on the field warranted the kind of money you expected the Seahawks wouldn’t have asked you to take less. Don’t blame them for your inability to play better.

  15. seahawksteven777 says: Aug 1, 2013 4:22 PM

    Maybe if you were any good, you’d have a team that wants to keep you on it.

  16. stinkfingers says: Aug 1, 2013 4:25 PM

    You actually do “do a vet like that”, if he sucks, he’s injury prone, and is getting paid too much money

  17. tombstone7 says: Aug 1, 2013 4:26 PM

    This guy is really a huge jerk! IMO

    I have never been impressed with every since he went on National TV to announce that he not going to listen to his father’s advice about whqat college he may want to attend. He was very arrogant and seemed like a “privileged” brat.

    KW, Sr., was a man’s man a great player who never made excuses, but this guy sucks!

    Notice that his father hasn’t tried to assist him in advancing his pro career? Karma!

  18. bigbadal21 says: Aug 1, 2013 4:28 PM

    To think Cleveland passed on Big Ben to draft this guy

  19. bucrightoff says: Aug 1, 2013 4:30 PM

    He earned his dishonorable discharge.

  20. rasalghoul says: Aug 1, 2013 4:30 PM

    Sadly he crashed this bike into a curb while ghost riding and is lost for the season.

  21. jayniner says: Aug 1, 2013 4:35 PM

    Did you really think Pete Carroll’s ego, pride and narcissism would allow you to get the best of him…even if you were to, all but guarantee them a super bowl win?

  22. whatnojets says: Aug 1, 2013 4:36 PM

    bigbadal21 says:
    Aug 1, 2013 4:28 PM
    To think Cleveland passed on Big Ben to draft this guy
    Typical BROWNS!!! Maybe is the management would take off the paper bags over the heads, the may, just may see some daylight!

  23. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Aug 1, 2013 4:41 PM

    Winslow did the Cleveland fans wrong, the Browns coaches, players and ownership — when he thought of himself first by clowning on a high performance bike in a parking lot.

    He’s the *last* person who should be playing the “you-just-don’t-do-me-like-that” card.

  24. bensstinkyfingers says: Aug 1, 2013 4:47 PM

    And for his next trick Kellen Knievel will jump over Rex Ryan with his 12 speed, as Rex attempts to eat a 30 pack of white castle sliders in 5 minutes.

  25. tedmurph says: Aug 1, 2013 4:49 PM

    Veteran of what, being an underachieving, injury-prone dog that squandered his potential? He couldn’t even gef playing time over Hooman, after all the injuries to NE TEs last yr. He mightbhave the same name, but he’not his father.

  26. blackfootkiller says: Aug 1, 2013 4:49 PM

    Is this the same Kellen Winslow that is so slow that he can’t get separation from a garden slug?
    You get payed for your playing skills…
    Now you know why you didn’t get paid.

  27. erikinhell says: Aug 1, 2013 4:50 PM

    bigbadal21 says:
    Aug 1, 2013 4:28 PM
    To think Cleveland passed on Big Ben to draft this guy
    Blame butch ‘gut feeling’ davis.

  28. pathsovglory says: Aug 1, 2013 4:55 PM

    jayniner says:
    Aug 1, 2013 4:35 PM
    Did you really think Pete Carroll’s ego, pride and narcissism would allow you to get the best of him…even if you were to, all but guarantee them a super bowl win?
    somebody wants their cake NOW

  29. dstep24 says: Aug 1, 2013 5:00 PM

    So wait….

    You “don’t do a vet like that” meaning you don’t cut a guy with bone-on-bone knees and who never practices?

    Or, you don’t cut a guy when you ask him to take less money and he says “no”, PLUS has bone-on-bone knees and never practices?

    Clear that up for me.

  30. richc111 says: Aug 1, 2013 5:02 PM

    Got a bulleten for you Life is about to get a lot worse. You are going to find who your real freidns are now, after your broke.

  31. subsoiler says: Aug 1, 2013 5:04 PM

    So let me get this straight, instead of just cutting you outright, the team offers you a chance to stay with them but just at a reduced salary (backup money) and somehow you were dis-respected? Yep, a true soldier, and a perfect fit for the circus that is the J-E-T-S!

  32. koolaidcircusbeast says: Aug 1, 2013 5:08 PM

    I thinks the Seahawks just valued the 7th round pick they would’ve had to forfeit to the Bucs had he made their opening roster a bit too much.

    This wanna-be DJ isn’t respected much around the league, he’s as big a nuisance as a hanging turd that just won’t break of. I’d be surprised if the Jets even kept him around for anymore than the veteran minimum.

  33. strikers99 says: Aug 1, 2013 5:21 PM

    you would of thought some of his father would of rubbed off on him.

  34. citiciti says: Aug 1, 2013 5:26 PM

    Hey Kellen just think of the MILLIONS you blew.
    M-I-L-L-I-O-N-S !!!!!!!!

  35. browniebuck says: Aug 1, 2013 5:29 PM

    @whatnojets….Typical BROWNS!!! Maybe is the management would take off the paper bags over the heads, the may, just may see some daylight!

    Proofread my friend, otherwise, your insults at the Browns and our fans just make you look like the man you see in the mirror, an bitter, idiotic McDonald’s employee who thinks he has something funny to say!!!

  36. chargerdillon says: Aug 1, 2013 5:43 PM

    You don’t do a vet like that? That’s how it gets done to vets on 32 teams……all of which don’t want you mister soldier

    You’re not 1/100,000,000,000 of the man your father was and you never will be.

    #nepotism #sourgrapes

  37. thirdistheworrd says: Aug 1, 2013 5:50 PM

    I’m no doctor, but Winslow might want to see a specialist about his inability to open his mouth without lowering everyone’s respect for him as an individual and an athlete. I’m also pretty sure delusions of grandeur are never a healthy sign. With no offense intended (except to Winslow) Asperger Syndrome presents itself as an inability to empathize and relate to the sentiments of others or anticipate responses to one’s own behavior.

  38. themackstrong says: Aug 1, 2013 5:53 PM

    Winslow is a talented guy and showed it in pre-season and in camp when he could practice. But he was traded with a huge contract from the Bucs. His knees held him out of practise and he didn’t day a pay cut and got cut as quick as that. That is the business and these aging stars have to understand that there are younger guys ready to step into their roles.

  39. thirdistheworrd says: Aug 1, 2013 5:55 PM

    First off, when has cutting a veteran ever, ever not been about money?

    More importantly, thumbs down if you didn’t pause for a second when Winslow referred to himself as a “vet”; thumbs up if you snorted coffee all over your keyboard.

  40. mccannagm says: Aug 1, 2013 6:02 PM

    Why does Winslow Sr get a pass as being some superior/decent human being? When the idiot “soldier” went pro, ol’ dad was charging agents $7,500 just to interview Jr. The AGENTS were asked to pay to sell there services to Jr. His dad is part of the problem! Kellen Sr clearly created this mess( or as I call it a hot pile of s@&$ ).

  41. j0esixpack says: Aug 1, 2013 7:06 PM

    Winslow didn’t do perceptions of him any favor by giving up in New England – but he’s correct – he had a major uphill battle. It seems like no one else in the NFL was interested.

    The fact that he had to settle for the Jets this season indicates he had even fewer opportunities this season

  42. fdugrad says: Aug 1, 2013 8:15 PM

    Just when you think his big mouth has finally closed, he pops up from obscurity and unleashes another round of obnoxious, enabled, out-of-touch, self-involved jock pronouncements, demonstrating that he is the only one who is STILL unaware that the rules of business and the laws of reality do in fact apply to him! Why does he think ANYONE cares about his musings?

  43. competitivecompetitioncompeter says: Aug 1, 2013 8:34 PM

    What a gifted athlete. Gifted in the sense that he has a supreme talent for sounding moronic whenever he gets quoted by the media.

    Before I extend him one iota of pity, I would like to see the receipt for the flowers he sent Brian Urlacher, Ed Reed, Steven Jackson, John Abraham, Wes Welker, Ahmad Bradshaw, and a dozen other “vets” who got “done like that” this offseason.

    Seattle cut him because he can’t practice, have no upside, and can’t run- or pass-block worth a damn. The cool $4.8 mill against the cap they saved was pure gravy.

  44. myeaglescantwin says: Aug 2, 2013 9:13 AM

    Maybe his attitude, talents, production and ceiling were the reason he was cut.

    the fact that his contract paid him close to half a mil for training camp, come on.

    that whines about everything, on every team, everywhere.

  45. stoptrippn says: Aug 2, 2013 11:43 AM

    Pete Carroll

  46. screechdaddy says: Aug 2, 2013 2:30 PM

    Seattle had high expectations from Winslow when we acquired him. He failed glaringly to even come close to living up to them, and yet STILL got an offer to remain with the team at a reduced salary. He’s gone because of his overblown ego, and also probably because of his attitude being in conflict with Carroll’s positive style.

    Players who wish to play for Seattle need to emulate the attitude of our QB, Russell Wilson. We have no room on the squad for “me” players, and are only accepting “we” players. GO HAWKS!

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