One year ago, there were a few Browns fans were up in arms about Kellen Winslow missing OTAs – thinking that it was likely about contract issues. After all, his agent is well-documented. But, now that the tight end is the highest paid at his position in Tampa Bay, Buccaneers fans assumed that he would be front and center for their first “activity.”
Not so much.
Winslow was nowhere to be found for yesterday’s first organized team activity. Part time dancer and full time opinion-giver Warren Sapp was none too pleased.
“So when your team fires up OTA’s and you’re not here, I guess you’re being misunderstood again, right?” Sapp said. “Your past don’t equal your future, but it will damn sure give me some reflection of what you might do. I’ll leave it at that.”
The team was quick to come to Winslow’s defense, saying that their new acquisition was attending a “personal matter.” Former Browns and current Buccaneers quarterback Luke McCown also supported Winslow’s absence, saying that the former Pro Bowler “knows how to keep his body in shape.”
Sapps words, however, ring loudly in Cleveland as there were several times when Winslow claimed to be misunderstood. Passionate for days, but decision-making off the field was never really one of his strong suits.
No word on what Winslow was attending or how long he’ll be missing OTAs. I’m sure that there are plenty of Browns fans that while they will miss his presence, also feel that he’s Tampa Bay’s problem now.
Winslow not at first OTA [St. Petersburg Times]