Kellen Winslow to Seattle Seahawks Proves NFL Trades Are a Joke

By Dan Parzych

The Seattle Seahawks acquired another weapon for Matt Flynn to throw to in 2012 on Monday after completing a trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to land Kellen Winslow–who led the Buc in receptions in each of his three seasons with the team from 2009-11. While the addition of Winslow has the potential to give the Seahawks one of the top tight end duos in the NFL playing alongside Zach Miller, the best part about this trade is what the team had to give up to land the former first-round pick.

In exchange for Winslow, Seattle only had to give up an undisclosed draft pick–which will most likely end up being a fourth rounder at the highest. For a player that led the Buccaneers in receptions in each of the last three seasons, this was a steal for the Seahawks considering most late-round draft picks barely make it through training camp on the roster.

Thanks to the Buccaneers, the Seahawks have the chance to do what a lot of NFL teams are beginning to adapt to by having not one, but two effective pass-catching tight ends on offense with Winslow and Miller. The knee injuries may have been a reason for concern earlier in his career, but the last three seasons have proven how effective Winslow can be when healthy considering he averaged around 72 receptions and 792 receiving yards over the last three seasons.

And the best part about this deal–Seattle pretty much gave up nothing to acquire Winslow from Tampa Bay. This latest acquisition is just one of many examples from over the years that prove how much of a joke trades in the NFL really are considering teams rarely give up anything valuable to land the player they want.

Dan Parzych is the Director of Content for

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