The first day of free agency has also garnered the first trade, and it’s a rather big one. The Browns have moved tight end Kellen Winslow to the Tampa Bay Bucs for undisclosed draft picks. The Buccaneers official team site has put up a post on the report:
On the first day of the NFL’s 2009 free agency period, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers acquired one of the league’s rising offensive stars…without actually dipping into the free agent pool. The Buccaneers acquired former Cleveland tight end Kellen Winslow II on Friday, completing a late-morning trade by sending undisclosed draft picks to the Browns. The sixth overall pick in the 2004 draft, Winslow has had two 80-catch seasons in the last three years and is considered one of the most talented players at his position in the NFL.
Winslow clashed last season with then GM Phil Savage, but now that he’s gone, it seems odd that the Browns would move Winlsow so fast. There must have been something in the new Eric Mangini regime that he saw that he didn’t think Winslow would fit, and now he’s ready to go play in Florida for Raheem Morris and the Bucs.