The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced on Monday evening that they have signed veteran tight end Dallas Clark to a one-year contract and traded tight end Kellen Winslow to the Seattle Seahawks for a 2013 undisclosed draft pick.
“Dallas Clark is a consummate pro and proven playmaker,” said Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik, according to the team’s press release. “He will be another asset, on and off the field, for our team. In addition to Luke Stocker’s continued improvement in his ability as an every-down tight end, we feel we have both talent and depth at the tight end position.”
He has been one of the top tight ends in the league since entering as the Colts’ first-round pick (24th overall) in 2003. Clark has started in 111 of the 114 games he has played in his career, recording 427 receptions for 4,887 yards and 46 touchdowns.
Clark holds the Colts career tight end marks in receptions and touchdowns, while ranking second in yards. He also owns the Colts single-season marks for a tight end in receptions (100 in 2009), yards (1,106 in 2009) and touchdowns (11 in 2007).
In 2009, Clark joined rare company, when he became just the third tight end in NFL history (along with Tony Gonzalez and Todd Christensen) to record 90-plus receptions, 1,000-plus yards and 10-plus touchdowns in a single season, earning All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors.
Winslow, an eight-year veteran, spent the last three seasons with Tampa Bay, starting in 40 of the 48 games he played. Winslow, the son of legendary Hall of Fame tight end Kellen Winslow, Sr., recorded 218 receptions for 2,377 yards and 12 touchdowns for the Buccaneers.
His best season with the team came in 2009, when he set a single-season franchise mark for tight ends in receptions (77) and receiving yards (884) to go with five touchdowns.
Tampa Bay also waived wide receiver Tyler Shoemaker.