Tuesday cyber surfing: Everybody’s talking about Winslow

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, May 22:

The Seahawks took the if-you-can’t-beat-‘em-get-‘em-to-join-you path to acquiring another tight end on Monday by trading for Kellen Winslow Jr. In three games against the Seahawks – one with the Browns and two with the Buccaneers – Winslow has caught 24 passes for 316 yards and two touchdowns.

Brock Huard, a former Seahawks QB and now host at 710 ESPN, sizes up what Winslow brings at mynorthwest.com: “Tom Cable has talked about the eight- and even nine-man box counts opposing defenses threw at the Hawks a year ago. Putting two tight ends like (Zach) Miller and Winslow on the field will force the defense’s hand. Play base defense and Winslow is a mismatch; play nickel defense and expect Beast Mode to run off of Miller and set up the play-action pass.”

Mike Sando at ESPN.com sizes up Winslow, complements of a scouting report from Scouts Inc.: “He is too fast and athletic for linebackers to cover and too big for defensive backs to match up against. He has a wide receiving radius with soft, sure hands that allow him to make tough catches. He is a willing and physical blocker but lacks the size and strength to do much more than get in the way when blocking inside.”

Eric Williams at the News Tribune says the addition of Winslow fills one of the team’s last remaining needs: “The Seahawks had been looking to add a veteran tight end after losing John Carlson to Minnesota in free agency, and had Jacob Tamme and Visanthe Shiancoe in for visits during the first few weeks of free agency. Tamme signed with Denver, while Shiancoe remains available. But Winslow is the pass-catching tight end Seattle had been looking for to pair with physical run blocker Zach Miller, who signed a five-year, $34 million deal to join the Seahawks in free agency from Oakland before last season.”

Percy Allen at the Seattle Times says it looks like the Seahawks “won” in the deal: “At first glance, it appears Seattle made out like a bandit in a deal that brings in a gifted pass catcher to pair with tight end Zach Miller, who had 25 receptions for 233 yards and no touchdowns last season, his first with the Seahawks.”

Doug Farrar of ShutdownCorner.com also likes the deal in this dispatch at YahooSports.com: “In Seattle, there is room for a player as productive as Winslow has been in the recent past. Drafted sixth overall by the Cleveland Browns in the 2004 NFL draft, Winslow most recently averaged 72.6 catches, 792.3 yards, and four touchdowns in each of the last three seasons for Tampa Bay. In 2011, he was the fourth-most targeted tight end in the NFL – only Jimmy Graham, Rob Gronkowski and Brandon Pettigrew had more footballs thrown in their general direction by their quarterbacks. He played through pain on a right knee that has seen six different surgeries, and though the sheer physical upside is limited at this point in his career, Winslow seems a good risk for a Seattle team in need of far more consistent production from his position.”

John Boyle at the Everett Herald says the Seahawks have made another splash at the position: “For the second time in as many years, the Seattle Seahawks have made a splash by adding a tight end. Seattle acquired former Pro Bowler and first-round draft pick Kellen Winslow Monday in a trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, adding depth the team has been searching for at tight end since free-agent John Carlson signed with Minnesota earlier in the offseason.”

The Associated Press looks at the trade from the Bucs’ vantage point: “Winslow has been one of Tampa Bay’s best offensive players since being acquired from Cleveland in a trade three years ago. He had 77 receptions for 884 yards and five touchdowns in 2009, 66 catches for 730 yards and five TDs in 2010 and 75 receptions for 763 yards and two TDs in 2011. … Winslow said he has been working out near his home in San Diego and missed last week’s initial set of organized team activities in Tampa. He said he was planning to join the team on Monday, but that he got a call from (coach Greg) Schiano on Saturday. ‘He was kind of upset that I wasn’t there working out with the team in the offseason and for the first week of OTAs,’ Winslow said during the interview with SiriusXM.”

Here at Seahawks.com, we take a look at Winslow through the eyes of Gus Bradley, the Seahawks defensive coordinator: “ ‘He is tough, now. He is something to deal with,’ said Bradley, who was an assistant with the Bucs from 2006-08. “He’s their go-to guy. … They put him all over the place. They don’t just line him up in the core. They’ll flex him out, so no one can get their hands on him.”

We also have the word on Russell Wilson’s experience at the NFL Rookie Premiere: “ ‘I knew it would be a great experience, but at the same time the way I’ve always been mentally is I want to focus on what I’m doing,’ Wilson said through a smile on Monday. ‘And that’s playing football and winning games here.’ But once the importance of being invited to the NFLPA event was explained to him, Wilson quickly adopted a, well, “I’m in” attitude. ‘The Rookie Premiere was great,’ he said. ‘The NFLPA did a great job. It was unbelievable hospitality. And you get to spend time with the guys that you got drafted with, which is a pretty cool experience. It was a great experience, and I’m definitely glad I did it. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience.’ ”

And the word on Red Bryant honoring a former teacher at the Heroes in the Classroom event: “As for Bryant’s role in Friday’s event, ‘It was a no-brainer,’ he said. For starters, he had dyslexia as a child, a situation he shared with the honorees and the principals from their schools. But even more importantly for Bryant was Sue Brooks’ role in his life. She was an English teacher at Jasper (Texas) High School. ‘As for a teacher who had an impact on my life, there’s no question, her name is Sue Brooks,’ Bryant said. ‘The impact that she had on my life gave me the opportunity to be before you guys right now.’ Bryant also told the assembled educators how he had to take the ACT four times. The first three times, his scores were 13, 11 and 12. The fourth time, with Brooks’ help, he scored a 21. ‘She went the extra mile,’ Bryant said. ‘She got the paperwork together and she requested that she be able to read it to me, and I scored a 21.’ ”


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