Winslow has been one of Tampa Bay's best offensive players since being acquired from Cleveland in a trade three years ago. He had 77 receptions for 884 yards and five touchdowns in 2009, 66 catches for 730 yards and five TDs in 2010 and 75 receptions for 763 yards and two TDs in 2011.
The Seahawks have tried to bolster the tight end position ever since free agent John Carlson left in March. But other free-agent options were limited.
However, a reported dispute between new Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano and Kellen Winslow, the team’s receptions leader the past three seasons, has allowed Seattle to acquire the one-time Pro Bowler for next to nothing.
The Seahawks announced Monday night they had traded an undisclosed 2013 draft pick for Winslow. ESPN reported the Seahawks gave up a seventh-rounder that could be upgraded to a sixth-round selection.
Winslow, who turns 29 on July 21, has three years and $13.3 million remaining on his contract. He’s due to make $3.3 million in base salary next season.
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At first glance, it appears Seattle made out like a bandit in a deal that brings in a gifted pass catcher to pair with tight end Zach Miller, who had 25 receptions for 233 yards and no touchdowns last season, his first with the Seahawks.
The 6-foot-4, 240-pound Winslow is a seven-year veteran who was the No. 6 overall pick by Cleveland in 2004. When healthy, he has been remarkably productive.
His tenure with the Browns was undermined by off-field incidents and injuries. He broke his right leg two games into his rookie season and suffered a 2005 motorcycle accident in which he tore knee ligaments, forcing him to miss the season.
Winslow also had microfracture surgery on his right knee in January 2007.
Otherwise, Winslow has been a standout receiver. He had a career-high 89 catches in 2006 and had 1,106 receiving yards in ’07, when he appeared in his only Pro Bowl.
When Winslow joined Tampa Bay in 2009, his production continued. He had 77 receptions for 884 yards and five TDs in 2009, 66 catches for 730 yards and five TDs in 2010 and 75 receptions for 763 yards and two scores last season.
Winslow, the son of Hall of Fame tight end Kellen Winslow, has 437 career receptions for 4,836 yards and 23 touchdowns.
In a radio interview, he explained his disagreement with Schiano.
“He was kind of upset that I wasn’t there working out with the team in the offseason and for the first week of OTAs,” Winslow told SiriusXM.
“But I’ve been there the last three years and I’ve had a successful career so far. You don’t just get rid of one of your best players because of that. … I don’t have nothing bad to say about coach Schiano. It was just a disagreement on why I’m not there yet.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.