UPDATE: Just as I published this post, Winslow was traded to the Seattle Seahawks for an undisclosed draft pick. Oh well.
A potential upgrade to the Miami Dolphins‘ roster is manifesting itself. Out with Anthony Fasano and in with Kellen Winslow.
The Tampa Bay Times reports that Winslow will most certainly be cut by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers because he is not in new coach Greg Schiano‘s plans and no team is expected to take on his present $5.3 million salary for 2012.
Anthony Fasano is on the bubble because of his $4.45 million cap number for the upcoming year.
Winslow has his warts. He is 29, a year older than Fasano, and his knees are a decade older. He is not a Selfish Diva Supreme like Brandon Marshall but he lies somewhere between this state and the Ultimate Teammate/Leader mold the Phins have been gravitating to.
On the positive side, the 6’4″, 240-pound first round (2004) selection averaged 73 receptions for 792 yards, the last three seasons. During the same span, Fasano averaged 34 receptions for 439 yards. The Bucs and Dolphins, statistically, have had similar offenses the last three years. From 2009-2011, the Bucs ranked 28, 19, and 21 in total offense among all NFL teams. The Dolphins ranked 17, 21, and 22. The statistical difference between Winslow and Fasano is stark and meaningful. Winslow led Tampa Bay in receptions in every one of the aforementioned years.
Fasano may be released no matter what, saving the Phins about 3.75 million. Would Jeff Ireland and Joe Philbin want to take on Winslow? Would Winslow want to play in Miami? The Dolphins have been mentioned as potential suitors because Winslow played for the University of Miami and had a great run while he was in South Florida.
If Winslow is willing to take something in the neighborhood of $2 million a year, the Phins will have the best of both worlds, an upgrade to the tight end position and more cap space.
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