It looks like another “high profile” target could be hitting the market as Tampa Bay tight end Kellen Winslow was notified that the Bucs will be going in another direction and will try to trade him. If they’re unable to trade him, they may just release the veteran pass catching tight end.
Winslow would be able to provide the Bears another pass-catching tight end to go along with Kellen Davis, rookie H-back/TE Evan Rodriguez and veteran Matt Spaeth, who’s more of a blocking tight end that Mike Martz preferred. Winslow had 75 catches for 763 yards and 2 TD’s last season. He enjoyed his most successful in 2007 with the Cleveland Browns, when he grabbed 82 balls for over 1100 yards and 5 TD’s. The Bears have made some surprising moves this offseason, so I wouldn’t rule anything out. I really doubt they’d trade for Winslow because they’d be on the hook for the $3.3 million that he is owed in 2012. I’m not in favor of that, but if the Bucs end up releasing him, I think the Bears would be foolish not to bring him in at their price. Of course, on the open market Winslow could pick his new team and his terms, but given his age and some injury history, I’m not sure what the market for him is now.