As reported by the PD’s [very underrated beat reporter] Mary Kay Cabot, Browns TE Kellen Winslow Jr. will not be skipping mandatory team activities this summer and is not positioning himself for a contract showdown with the Browns. Her source? Why, it’s KW2 agent Drew Rosenhaus himself, stressing that OTA’s are optional, a stance he apparently takes with all his clients:
That’s good news, and this morning obviously we can use all the good news we can get.
And while I don’t necessarily agree with sticking to the letter of the law when it comes to OTAs–as they are implicitly mandatory–it’s certainly better than the alternative of having a key member of the offense missing even a day of training camp.
I’m also pleased at the general indication that Winslow is not trying to Anderson Varejao his way into getting the Browns to restructure his deal, a deal which could get him all of his original contract money via incentives. I still believe he owes the Browns the courtesy of finishing his newer contract as the Browns really took a gamble on him after the motorcycle crash (a gamble which I am pleased to report has paid off).
Again, this situation may be roughly equivalent to the old joke where the girl comes home from high school one afternoon and says, “Mom, I’m pregnant,” and the mom screams, “WHAT?!?” and the daughter says, “Just kidding, I only failed my math test last week,” “Oh, thank God.”… but it’s a relief nonetheless.