Chris makes a good point in his last post that I have to say I agree with. I honestly believe this is just one of the many steps that are about to be taken in the beginning of the removal of TE Kellen Winslow from the team. As everyone already knows, Winslow was suspended for this week’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars (a suspension that he is appealing) for comments that apparently hurt the feelings of those involved in the organization. Personally, I took no issue with Winslow’s comments after the loss to the Redskins; a second staph infection and a poor effort on the field could and probably should lead to some frustration.
Now, you may be asking yourself as to why the Browns would be willing to part ways with Winslow. Bruce Drennen made a good point yesterday on his show, “All Bets Are Off,” by saying that the Browns are probably looking for some draft picks to make up for the debacle that was this past year’s draft. Also, I have to point to Winslow’s desire for a new contract, something the Browns are unwilling to give him at the moment…and probably never will be.
This is all without mentioning the influx of tight ends that the team has. I doubt that it is a coincidence that the Browns have both Darnell Dinkins and Steve Heiden on the roster, along with drafting Martin Rucker. I do not think it is out of the realm of possibility to think that the Browns are phasing Winslow out of their future plans, and they are doing what they can to make it seem a little more justified (which I don’t think they even need to do – remember when they paid Winslow’s contract in full when they didn’t have to after he had his little accident?).
So what do you think? Do the Browns need Kellen Winslow? Are they phasing him out?