Welcome to Seattle K2
The Seattle Seahawks made a great move on Monday by acquiring TE Kellen Winslow from the Buccaneers and all they had to give up was a conditional 2013 7th round draft pick that will be a 6th round pick if he makes the team and makes some plays.
Per Mike Sando of the ESPN NFC West blog. “The team does have ample cap room to absorb the $4.8 million salary, should it remain in place. The conditional choice is a seventh-rounder that can upgrade to a sixth-rounder. ”
Sounds to me like if his production is like the last few Seattle will have gotten a steal.
Winslow is seen as a little bit of a bad seed, but he has not been a problem in the last few seasons. These are not Tim Ruskell’s Seahawks anymore. AMEN!
Last season for Tampa Bay Winslow had 75 catches for 763 yards and 2 TD. How do those numbers compare to what any of our Seahawks tight ends have done of late?
Here are 5 things that Winslow brings to the Seahawks.
1. Winslow will fit in well with the Seahawks
Seattle has a legit run blocking TE in Zach Miller and now they have a solid pass catching TE in Winslow. With Winslow in the lineup it will give Seattle another solid receiving option and Miller will be able to block for Marshawn Lynch as well as whoever is the signal caller on opening day.
Neither Cameron Morrah or Anthony McCoy were going to be the answer for the Seahawks as the 2nd string TE in 2012. Winslow is an immediate upgrade at the position. It’s also no secret that Seattle was looking to beef up the position.
There were TE rumors during the 2012 NFL draft but the right guy didn’t fall to them. Also Visanthe Shiancoe has been rumored to be signing with the team for about 6-8 weeks now.
As long as Winslow wants to get paid in 2012 he’ll bring his ‘A’ game. It sounds like the contract has no guaranteed money, as Tampa Bay is still on the hook for that money from what I’m hearing.
2. Winslow will take pressure of the WR corps
The Seahawks have a young, but talented receiving corps and with Sidney Rice being healthy, hopefully, next season Winslow and his pass catching abilities will draw some attention from opposing defenses and take a lot of pressure off the receiving corps.
None of the stable of wideouts currently on the roster will complain about losing some catches to Winslow.
There is no doubt that a in shape and positive Winslow on the field will create mis-matches for strong safeties and linebackers.
This will have a trickle down effect for the wide receivers.
3. He will also take pressure off Matt Flynn
Both Flynn and Wilson are young QB’s without much experience. With a 2 TE set it can make it easier for whoever plays QB, as they can run block, add to the play action pass game, and even give the QB pass protection.
This is a great move for the current makeup of the Seahawks.
For more on how he helps out the QB’s read this article by Brock Huard on MyNorthwest.com. (A former QB knows how much this helps)
4. Winslow’s pass catching skills fill a gaping hole
John Carlson holds the record for catches and yards by a Seattle TE with 55 receptions and 627 yards in 2008. In each of the last 3 seasons Winslow has surpassed each of those stats.
Winslow’s 75 catches triples the number put up by Miller in 2011.
How does that stat grab you?
5. He is a rock
As mentioned earlier Miller is more of a blocking TE and the other TE on the Seattle roster is the promising Cameron Morrah, but he has struggled with injuries so far in his young career. Because he can’t catch a ball I’m leaving OUT Anthony McCoy from this point.
Winslow has not missed a single game in the last 3 seasons.
The Winslow attitude of yesterday is not going to float in Seattle. This is a team on the rise. A team with good ownership, good coaching, a good lockeroom, facilities, young and hungry.
Winslow hasn’t played on a team in his PRO career with this much talent on it. This is win – win for Winslow.
He’s a San Diego guy, he doesn’t have to leave the west coast now during the off-season and its a short 2.5 hour flight to the VMAC.
Welcome to Seattle Kellen or K2 or whatever we’re supposed to call you these days. I hope you bring your ‘A’ game. Then maybe one day I can call you a Super Bowl champ.