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.