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Kellen Winslow says Greg Schiano has decided to trade him

Bucs tight end Kellen Winslow, for whom the Bucs yielded a second- and fifth-round pick in 2009, has been told by coach Greg Schiano that the Bucs are attempting to trade him.

Winslow, appearing on SiriusXM NFL Radio this morning, said Schiano told him the Bucs are moving in a different direction. A factor in the decision, Winslow said, was his decision to do his offseason work elsewhere, something he has often done during his tenure with the team.

The Bucs reportedly are considering signing former Colts tight end Dallas Clark, who is reported to have visited One Buc Place last week.

Winslow, 28, was dealt to Tampa Bay from Cleveland, which originally made him the sixth overall draft choice in 2004. Since joining the Bucs, he's been their most consistent receiving threat, catching 75 passes for 763 yards last season and averaging 73 receptions for 792 yards. Winslow, despite a chronically painful right knee, managed to play in every game during the past three seasons after doing so just twice in the previous five seasons.

Why, then, are the Bucs choosing to move on?

Winslow's absence this offseason likely compounded other factors that work against him. Among them: His inability to practice consistently, mostly because of his knee. Schiano considers practice time invaluable, and has a low tolerance for missing them. And Winslow's habit of participating in a limited capacity during practices is a contradiction to the intense workouts Schiano is already conducting.

Then there's the presence of Bucs special assistant Butch Davis, Schiano's most trusted advisor. Davis and Winslow clashed when Davis coached the Browns, something that contributed to his eventual firing.

If and when the Bucs trade or release Winslow, it will be the latest in a number of bold moves by Schiano. Last month, the Bucs released safety Tanard Jackson less than a year after embracing him in his return from a second drug-related league suspension. And in March, Tampa Bay went on an unprecedented free-agent spending spree, landing Vincent Jackson, Carl Nicks and Eric Wright.

Now, with Winslow likely moving on, the overahaul of the team's roster continues.

Reached this morning, Winslow's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, declined to comment.

[Last modified: Monday, May 21, 2012 10:50am]

    

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