By Eric Schmidt

This morning, Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Kellen Winslow Jr told SiriusXM’s The Opening Drive, that he is no longer needed and that a trade is likely before the start of the regular season. Winslow was absent from voluntary workouts last week and there was speculation that Winslow was desiring a new contract from the Buccaneers. The tight end told the radio show that head coach Greg Schiano told him personally that the team was going to go in another direction over the weekend.

Winslow was the leading receiver for the Buccaneers last season, recording 75 receptions but he only accounted for two scores. He is currently under contract with the Buccaneers through 2014 and would cost the Buccaneers $3.3 million dollars and removing him from the roster would free up nearly $5 million in cap space for the Buccaneers in 2012.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting this morning on Twitter that the Buccaneers worked out veteran TE Dallas Clark anbd the team could sign him as soon as this week. Clark worked out last week with the New England Patriots, a team already loaded at the tight end position.

Winslow has had a history of knee injury issues but in three seasons, he never missed a game for the Buccaneers, recording 218 receptions in his three seasons. Winslow turns 29 in July of this year.

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