The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have announced that tight end Kellen Winslow has agreed to a new six year deal. Winslow, 25, was acquired at the start of free agency via trade from the Cleveland Browns for a 2009 second round pick & 2010 fifth round pick. Winslow who has had health issues in the past is still considered by many to be a top five tight end at his respective position.
The 6-foot-4, 250 pound Winslow entered the league as the sixth overall pick in the first-round of the 2004 draft. He has caught 219 passes for 2,459 yards (11.2 avg.) and 11 touchdowns.
Winslow, has started 40 of the 44 games he has played in, but more importantly is a valuable option in the passing game when he is healthy. Missing 20 games with various injuries is the one negative against Winslow as some were non-football related, which causes some in the league to question his level of maturity.
John Clayton, of ESPN.com is reporting, that the deal is for $36.1 million over six years, but could max out at $42 million if certian incentives are reached. There has been know mention of a signing bonus, but with persistent romurs of the Glazer family having cash flow problems it will add more fuel to the fire, if Winslow received nothing to sign. But then again the contract could be structered in a way that calls for a roster bonus in lieu of a signing bonus which could potentially come due around the first game of the 2009 season.