TE Dallas Clark went through his first Bucs workout today. You could just see by the way Clark conducts himself in practice, he is a true pro.
Clark put accountability on his shoulder's right away, saying that it was his responsibility to get up to speed with the rest of the team, and he wouldn't expect the practices to slow down for him.
Head Coach Greg Schiano said today he thought Clark would be able to put up numbers close to what he did in his prime, if Clark stays healthy. There is never a guarantee.
Schiano also said he would prefer to talk about "the players here" when asked if Winslow's exit had anything to do with not showing up for off-season workouts.
Here's the release sent by the Bucs on Clark late last night.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that they have signed TE Dallas Clark to a one-year contract and traded TE 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. "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."
Clark joins the Buccaneers after spending the last nine seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, where he was a key member of the Super Bowl XLI championship team.
He has been one of the top tight ends in the league since entering as the Colts' first-round pick (24th overall) in 2003.
He 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 (also 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.
He 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.