Buccaneers TE Kellen Winslow, acquired in a trade with the Browns in February and later awarded a six-year contract that could be worth as much as $42 million, didn’t attend Tampa Bay’s first offseason training activity workout Tuesday.
“The coaching staff was aware that he wasn’t going to be here,” the team said. “They’ve been in contact with Kellen, and they understand why he wasn’t there.”
New Bucs coach Raheem Morris isn’t scheduled to speak to the media until after Wednesday’s final OTA workout of the week, according to the team.
Winslow’s absence from the voluntary non-contact practice drew the ire of former Bucs DT Warren Sapp, who now works as an analyst for the NFL Network.
Bucs RB Earnest Graham, who missed six games and was placed on injured reserve with a high ankle sprain, went through drills at full speed.
Fellow RB Cadillac Williams, who tore the patellar tendon in his left knee last season after suffering the same injury in his right knee in 2007, continued his rehabilitation. Williams hasn’t been medically cleared to resume football-related activities.
– Steve Wyche