Updated 11:45 a.m. ET, Monday, May 21
The Buccaneers have put TE Kellen Winslow on the trade market, the former Pro Bowler told Sirius XM Radio on Monday morning.
Winslow said he spoke with Tampa Bay head coach Greg Schiano last week, and that Schiano informed him the team was going to head in a different direction. The team would like to acquire a draft choice for the eight-year veteran, but if no deal can be worked out, Winslow, who turns 29 in July, is likely to be released.
In three seasons with the Bucs, Winslow has never missed a game, but his production has slipped. He averaged 10.2 yards per catch and scored just two TDs in 2011, and his role was likely to be decreased with the additions of RB Doug Martin and WR Vincent Jackson to the Tampa Bay offense.
Injury problems also have been a longtime issue for Winslow, who rarely practiced a year ago because of lingering leg and knee trouble.
Winslow's best season came in 2007 with the Browns, when he had 82 receptions, 1,106 yards and five TDs.
The way see see it
Winslow's public unveiling of the Bucs' intentions will not help the team in its effort to find a trade partner. It's unlikely any team would part with more than a late-round pick for him and the Bucs lose leverage in any potential deal now that Winslow has leaked the team's pledge to release him if they can't trade him.
Winslow has three years and $13.3 million — including $3.3 million in 2012 — left on the contract he signed before the 2009 season, but he already has been paid the $20.1 million in guaranteed money that he was due.
The Bucs reportedly worked out free-agent TE Dallas Clark last week, but he remains unsigned. If the Bucs take a chance on him and Clark stays healthy, he and 2011 fourth-round pick Luke Stocker could serve as Tampa Bay's TE tandem with Clark serving as the primary pass catcher.