Why Kellen Winslow Acquisition Was Best Possible Move for Seattle Seahawks

Josh SteinContributor IIIMay 22, 2012

TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 25:  Kellen Winslow #82 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers looks on during a game against the Atlanta Falcons at Raymond James Stadium on September 25, 2011 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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In a deal that has been in the works for a few days now, as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers shipped Kellen Winslow to the Seahawks for a conditional draft pick Tuesday, according to ESPN.com. The trade came after the Bucs were able to sign their new tight end, Peyton Manning's old friend, Dallas Clark.

While the Bucs may have been excited to get what they consider an upgrade at tight end, this trade benefited the Seahawks tremendously.

The Seahawks had to give up at most a sixth-round pick (or seventh-rounder, depending on Winslow's production) for a player that is still in the prime of his career and has not shown any sign of slowing down. His production has been substantial for all his years except 2008, when he was injured for six games.

Those are the only games he has missed in his career.

Winslow has had great receiving seasons, even getting a 1,000-yard season in 2007, but his weakness is in the blocking part of his job description. He hasn't been bad, but he has not been that extra offensive lineman that some tight ends are.

Fortunately for him, though, his new partner in crime, Zach Miller, is that hybrid that can block as well as receive.

Miller and Winslow could make up the newest NFL tag team that have begun to surface, with the most notable being Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots. Seattle's new one-two punch could be equally effective if used the right way.

Seattle has been criticized in the headlines tremendously this offseason due to moves made in free agency and the draft. However, I doubt there will be many that argue against this move for Winslow. The Seahawks gave up a late-round pick for a former No. 6 overall pick by Cleveland and annual star at the tight end position.

If Seattle can utilize both of its star tight ends and maybe even put Cameron Morrah in the mix, this could be a very good year for the Seahawks