“It’s a blessing, and I am happy to be back in Florida.”
And with those words, the career of Kellen Winslow in Cleveland is over. Winslow spoke to the media in Tampa Bay today, just moments after he was traded from the Browns to the Bucs for what is being reported as two draft picks. Winslow was the sixth overall pick in the 2004 draft. The son of Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow Sr., he had 219 receptions for 2,459 yards and 11 touchdowns in 44 games.
He had a rocky history in Cleveland with the motorcycle accident, and then it seemed like last seasons issues with Phil Savage after another staph infection in his knee sealed his fate. The Browns seemed quick to move him, but at the same time, are trying to put a positive spin on the whole deal.
“The Cleveland Browns thank Kellen for his contributions to this organization over the past five years,” Kokinis said in a statement. “We appreciate his passion for the game and wish him success in Tampa Bay. The draft picks we have obtained through this deal will give us greater flexibility as we look to infuse more talent and create competition and depth on this football team.”
Winslow himself did seem to appreciate his time with the Browns, as he even stated it in his opening press conference in Tampa Bay. “Cleveland was great to me, and I had a good time while I was there,” the tight end said. “Playing with Braylon Edwards and Brady Quinn, I’ll miss those guys, but it’s a new beginning for me.”
And it’s a new beginning for the Bucs and Browns as well.