He’s old and he’s injury-prone. Those are the downsides to this deal. And by injury-prone, I don’t necessarily mean he misses a ton of games (for instance, he played in all 16 games for the past 3 seasons with the Bucs), but it seems like something’s always nagging at him, slowing him down to human levels.
But, you have to ask yourselves two questions: what did we give up to get him, and whose spot is he taking?
The answer to the first question is easy: either we give up a 7th round pick (if he’s a bust), or a 6th round pick (if he’s the MVP of the Super Bowl). Would you give up a 6th round pick for the MVP of the Super Bowl (or for a tight end who was still very good)? Of course you would. That’s a no-brainer.
The answer to the second question isn’t so easy: Cameron Morrah? Anthony McCoy? Some free agent (like Visanthe Shiancoe)? I’m not gonna lie to you, I don’t want a guy like Visanthe Shiancoe. Because if he hasn’t signed with a team by now, that means he thinks he’s worth more than he actually is. And if it was an option for him to re-sign with Minnesota, then why haven’t they pounced on him? What does that SAY about him?
The thing is, if the Seahawks didn’t have an obvious second tight end opposite Zach Miller, then trading for Kellen Winslow is pretty much the best thing we could have logically done. I mean, it’s not like we were going to wrangle Gronkowski away from the Pats or Graham from the Saints. Now, Winslow might not be in their league, but he’s still a good second-tier pass-catching tight end who has caught at least 66 passes and at least 730 yards in each of the past three seasons.
Compare those numbers to every single Seahawks tight end ever, and you get the idea.
One of these years, this team is going to draft a guy at tight end who will be a world-beater. Until then, we have to make due with what we got. Fortunately, what we got has been vastly improved with the addition of Winslow.
Yet one more reason to be excited by the 2012 Seahawks season.