Winslow Likes What Patriots Are Doing

New Seattle TE Kellen Winslow says that hopefully the Seahawks can do what the Patriots are doing. Winslow said that what New England has done with Gronkowski is ...

Kellen Winslow understands what he'll be asked to do for his new team, the Seattle Seahawks - help keep opposing defenses honest when they stack the line of scrimmage to stop Marshawn Lynch.

   "You want to create mismatches so I'm kind of the knight in the chess game," Winslow said. "You can move me around and control the middle of the field."

   Winslow said he's ready for a fresh start after the trade from Tampa Bay, as he practiced with his new team this week for the first time.

   Seattle traded a conditional seventh-round pick to Tampa Bay for Winslow. The pick could improve to a sixth-rounder depending on the University of Miami product's production.

   As of now, Seattle has not renegotiated Winslow's contract. He still has three years remaining on his current deal, and is due to make $3.3 million in base salary in the upcoming season, $4.5 million in 2013 and $5.5 million in 2014.

   Winslow turns 29 on July 21.

   Tampa Bay replaced Winslow by signing former Indianapolis tight end Dallas Clark to a one-year deal.

   The Seahawks plan to pair Winslow with tight end Zach Miller and use them in two-tight end situations to force defenses to choose between running more heavy fronts to stop Lynch, or use more defensive backs to deal with Winslow and Miller in the passing game.

   Winslow averaged 73 receptions and 792 yards for the past three years in Tampa Bay. Miller finished with a career-low 25 catches last season, but Winslow believes the two tight ends can create a dynamic similar to New England's two tight-end sets.

   "Zach Miller is a proven veteran here," Winslow said. "Hopefully we'll be able to do something like the Patriots are doing, with (Rob) Gronkowski and (Aaron) Hernandez. We kind of fit that mold, so I'm sure we'll be fine."

   Seattle head coach Pete Carroll said the team is aware of Winslow's knee issues, and the team will manage the situation as best they can.

   "He's got some health issues that we're going to deal with to make sure we monitor them really well, so he can play his best," Carroll said. "We're absolutely tuned into it, and we know a lot about the history. We'll learn a lot more.

   "But we think it's such a fantastic addition because he can make things happen. He can make plays. He should be a big factor on third down and in the red zone."

   Winslow has had six knee surgeries since he's been in the league, including reconstructive knee surgery after he tore his ACL in the motorcycle crash in 2005 while with Cleveland, and microfracture knee surgery in 2007.

   "I will have to manage my practice time but ever since the accident, I do have to live with what I have," Winslow said. "But I've been playing the last three years 16 games and the last five out of six years, I've been five years healthy. So I'll be okay. Just be smart with it and I'll be there on Sunday."

   Winslow said he flew to Tampa Bay from his offseason home in San Diego for the beginning of Tampa Bay's offseason program last week, only to get a call from head coach Greg Schiano letting him know that the Bucs were trading him.

   "I talked to Coach Schiano about coming back on Monday and when I arrived Saturday night, I got a call about 11 o'clock that night that they didn't want me to come in Monday and they were looking to trade me," Winslow said. "That was it. I was fine with it."

   Although it's a new regime in Tampa Bay, Winslow said he'll miss the players.

   "I'm going to miss my teammates out there, my boys," Winslow said. "I've grown together a lot with those guys, but it's the NFL. It's hard. It's good to have a job, you know. It's good to have a job so I'll be okay."

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