Need a tight end? What about Winslow?

May, 21, 2012
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The Seattle Seahawks still need a tight end to replace John Carlson.

Visanthe Shiancoe's name has highlighted a shallow pool of veteran free-agent options. Looks like we might be adding Kellen Winslow's name to the list at some point.

Winslow doesn't expect a return to Tampa Bay, according to Ross Tucker. While the Buccaneers might prefer to trade Winslow, an outright release appears more likely. That is because any team acquiring Winslow would also acquire his $4.8 million salary, a steep figure even though Winslow caught 75 passes last season.

Winslow, despite knee issues that have limited his practice time, has not missed a game over the past three seasons. He's from San Diego and might welcome a chance to play on the West Coast after five seasons in Cleveland and three in Tampa Bay.

Winslow has kept a low profile in recent seasons after an eventful few years.

Shiancoe, 32, remains the most logical target for Seattle given his ties to Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell. Both were together with the Minnesota Vikings.

The Seattle assistants with ties to Cleveland and Tampa Bay -- defensive coordinator Gus Bradley and quarterbacks coach Carl Smith come to mind -- were not with those teams when Winslow played for them. But Winslow is obviously talented.

"He is too fast and athletic for linebackers to cover and too big for defensive backs to match up against," the Scouts Inc. report Insider on Winslow reads in part. "He has a wide receiving radius with soft, sure hands that allow him to make tough catches. He is a willing and physical blocker but lacks the size and strength to do much more than get in the way when blocking inside."

Seattle could use such a player after Carlson signed with Minnesota. The Seahawks did not draft a tight end this year.

While the Seahawks have quietly added veteran seasoning to their roster this offseason, they would still prefer to build with younger players. Shiancoe would have to come at the right price. That price might fall with another viable option on the market.

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