Bonding With Teammates Lured Winslow Back

June 15th, 2010

kellen winslow0505bFrom the day he arrived in Tampa Bay, Bucs tight end Kellen Winslow has stated he wanted to be a team leader.

It’s that drive and fondness for his teammates that drew him back — maybe too soon — from his sixth knee surgery to One Buc Palace Monday for OTAs, so reports Nick Williams of the Tampa Tribune.

“It feels good,” Winslow said. “It’s just something I deal with everyday. I’m not going to let these guys down though.”

Winslow has had multiple surgeries on his right knee, which was injured in a motorcycle crash that forced him to miss the 2005 season with the Cleveland Browns. The most recent surgery was described by Bucs head coach Raheem Morris as minor, an arthroscopic procedure to clean up scar tissue.

“I’m feeling good,” Winslow said. “I’ll be ready for training camp. I’ll be ready.”

This is great to read, and Joe’s happy that Winslow is trying to get to 100 percent by training camp, or as close as he can get. Reading between the lines, Winslow will never be 100 percent.

The sixth knee surgery is what frightens Joe. At the time of his acquisition, Joe thought Tony Gonzalez could have been had for a second round pick (he was) and may have a longer shelf life because of Winslow’s gimpy right knee.

This is nothing against Winslow whatsoever. Joe wishes him the best, obviously. If pressed, Joe is sure Winslow would admit that his multiple knee surgeries are a concern to him for his long-term NFL playing career.

22 Responses to “Bonding With Teammates Lured Winslow Back”

  1. RustyRhino Says:

    I’m glad he is back, Cohesive units need time to practice slow and then turn up the speed. Can’t happen if your not on the field.

  2. Snook Says:

    Winslow had a stellar season after 5 knee surgeries. There’s no reason to think he can’t have another after number 6.

  3. bucfanjeff Says:

    ..and there’s no reason to think one good hit and his career, or any season statistically reputable, could ever be had again.
    Remember, the Bucs can release him anytime and only be on the hook for this season. It was basically a 2 yr prove-it deal. So far, so good.

  4. Bucs1Fan Says:

    Longevity of his NFL career? Joe needs to do some research, the average NFL career is 3 years, K2 is going into his 7th season. Thats pretty good considering all this guy has been through. Guys in the NFL get knee scopes all the time, this is just maintenance for an already banged up body. I’m not worried about Winslow at all, he’s the LEAST of the Bucs issues. Next.

  5. oar Says:

    Bucs1fan, Did you do any research? Win-slow is going on his 6th year and its not like he played all 80 games in the 5 years he has played. If you do some research, you will see he played in 60 games(54 starts). So, yeah his career should be longer than most, having not played 25% of it.

  6. Radio Mushmouth Says:

    This is probably going to be Tony Gonzalez’s last season, so there is no way he out-lasts Winslow. He is not the player he used to be. He is slow , no longer a threat down the field , and is basically only an asset in the red zone at this point in his career. Wanting him over Winslow was just stupid , frankly.

    As for knee surgeries ; it was only a scope , but that isn’t what this is about anyways . It’s about your Gonzalez man-crush, which you can’t let go. That’s obvious, because the countless knee surgeries of Antonio Bryant never seemed to concern you….

  7. Bucs1Fan Says:

    Oar- I was talking about NFL players as a whole, there careers ARENT LONG so for Joe to go on about his short career is just stupid, 90% of all these guys have injuries and nagging issues. Stop being so defensive, are you Joe butt buddies or something, jeeesh.

  8. BamBamBuc Says:

    Whatever…. Caddy just had the second best year of his career when the team had one of the worst offenses… oh yeah, he’s only had 2 knee surgeries….

    Go Caddy, Go Winslow, Go Bucs

  9. oar Says:

    Bucsfan1, No, I’m not a butt buddy, don’t want to steal your limelight!
    I understand thier careers aren’t long, but by your “NFL players 3 years average” is funny. Win-slow has only played 75% of his career, so it makes sense that he has passed your “3 year avg” mark, even with injuries. You did say all these players have them and play with them, right? You make him out to be some superman or “soldier”, hell you even gave him an extra year to his career.

  10. oar Says:

    Yeah Win-slow could learn a little heart and soul from Caddy that’s for sure.

  11. Bucs1Fan Says:

    Oar-I added a year to his career?? Do you know how to read? I said he’s going into his 7th season, the guy was drafted in 2004. The guy almost died in a motorcycle accident, and he has no heart? Granted it was his fault, but he did come back. There are other guys ie. Jason Williams with a similarly devastating accident and he never played his sport again. K2 not only came came back but he has played at a high level. So I definitely will give credit when credit is due. You probably cant even tie your shoe without your butt buddy Joes help. LOL

  12. oar Says:

    “I added a year to his career?? Do you know how to read? I said he’s going into his 7th season, the guy was drafted in 2004.”
    Yes, I can read. That is why I know you are WRONG. Yes Win-slow was drafted in 2004, but last I checked thats five years going on 6, not 7! Now do you understand the extra year joke?
    BTW I’m not sure what your infatuation is with butt buddies is, but keep it at home!

  13. Bucs1Fan Says:

    Ok, I’m going to break it down for you MORON, he was drafted in April 2004, played in that 2004 season, thats 1, he missed 2005 because of his accident but none the less it counts as season 2, 2006 was season 3, 2007 was season 4, 2008 was season 5, 2009 was season 6, and now 2010 will be (drum roll please) SEASON 7!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now who is the idiot!!!!! Obviously I was the only one who went to college between the two of us.

  14. Bucs1Fan Says:

    For further evidence for your puney brain, go to the buccaneers website and see where is says experience for Winslow…it clearly says 7!

  15. oar Says:

    Butts1fan, Wow I was wrong about my 6th year claim, cause he didn’t play one whole year. Hey I made a mistake, although he hasn’t played 6 years in the league, period. 2 games in one year and none in another is not playing 6 years in the league to me, but whatever. I guess I should have said, You can’t say the guy has 6 years experience playing in the league.
    BTW someone seems to have pissed in your cheerios for you to be so angry. Re-read my posts, cause I never called you an idiot. Only that you were wrong. As matter of a fact no name calling whatsoever, but I see you are the bigger man, good for you. Also, your “3 year average in the NFL” is still a JOKE, especially when you give allocades to a player, who only played 75% of his career.

  16. oar Says:

    Sorry “accolades” not “allocades.” I guess I did miss out on college then, dang!

  17. Bucs1Fan Says:

    Since I am the smarter of the two of us OAR I decided to school you just once more, since I am a true football fan below is a link from talking about how the average NFL career is only 3 years. So once again I win and you lose. Have a great weekend.

  18. oar Says:

    butts1fan, That average is a JOKE! The real players that actually make a roster last longer. So I guess teams whose average age is in the 28 to 30 range are full of 26 year old draftees? Give me a break! Don’t know where the term “veterans” come from or how they would have free agency. In your(and msn’s) “3 year” world , there would be no free agents, since they have to have been in the league 4 or more years! YOU LOSE!!!!

  19. Bucs1Fan Says:

    a guy who plays more than 1 year is considered a veteran! You’re a joke, face the facts, you couldn’t be more dumb.

  20. oar Says:

    Butts1fan, Face the facts? What about free agents? Your 3 years average from an msn report about money is a JOKE! I guess the youth movement is a factual farce then and is bs, right? If all the players only last 3 years then there would be no reason to let AGING VETERANS GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Have a crappy weekend!

  21. Bucs1Fan Says:

    Do you understand what AVERAGE means??? This will be my last post for you because youre brain is useless. You need to do a little more reading, go back to school or something, because you couldn’t be more dumb.

  22. oar Says:

    Dumber here, You have yours and I have mine. I disagree. I’ll keep mine, thanks though!
    BTW didnt know opinions about football made someone stupid or a butt buddy. Again, have a crappy weekend!