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Friday, February 27, 2009
Winslow first flash for new Bucs regime

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

 
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  Kellen Winslow is likely just the first of many new additions to the Bucs' offense.

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

You've been wanting flash. Now, you've got it.

Like it or not, Tampa Bay, you've got "The Chosen One," "The Soldier'' and "K2." You've got Kellen Winslow and all that comes with him.

The Bucs traded with the Cleveland Browns for the tight end Friday. The terms of the deal haven't been announced but there are strong early indications that part of the deal is Tampa Bay giving up a second-round pick in this year's draft and a later-round pick (most likely the fifth round) in 2010. Whatever the compensation turns out to be, Winslow will go down in history as the first major acquisition in the era of head coach Raheem Morris and general manager Mark Dominik.

After clearing house of the likes of Derrick Brooks, Warrick Dunn and Joey Galloway earlier in the week, Morris and Dominik have hitched their wagon to Winslow.

Is that the wagon you want to be on? Maybe, but give things a little chance to play out. As of the moment, the Winslow move is the only thing the Bucs have to show for the first 14 hours of free agency.

Kellen Winslow
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers

2008 STATS
REC YDS TD AVG LNG
43 428 3 10.0 30

But the day's not over. It also needs to be mentioned again how close the Bucs came to getting defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth. They finished a very close second to Washington and they're far from done.

In Winslow, the Bucs got themselves a very colorful and sometimes controversial player. But they also got a tight end with incredible skills. Pair him with wide receiver Antonio Bryant and another wide receiver, who probably will come along before too long (perhaps New Orleans' Devery Henderson?) and the Bucs suddenly have the tools to throw downfield. That's what you wanted more of from Jon Gruden last year, right?

Now, you're going to have it. Winslow is just a part of this puzzle. He's a tight end who can give you 80 or 90 catches a year and we know Bryant can do the same. Throw in someone else with the speed to stretch the field and it all starts to come together.

Well, the Bucs still need a running back to go with Earnest Graham and a quarterback to compete with Luke McCown.

If you're thinking Winslow doesn't bring enough flash to a franchise that didn't have any the last couple of years, think again. This guy's going to get huge attention from defenses and the media. He's also not going to be the only flash that's coming.

The Bucs still have around $60 million in salary-cap space. There's a lot more flash on the way. Stay tuned.