As super-agent Drew Rosenhaus so eloquently put it last month, "voluntary does not mean mandatory." He also predicted Kellen Winslow wouldn't be around for "voluntary" workouts, but as soon as the "mandatory" practices began, the Browns tight end would be present and accounted for.
The Amazing Rosenhaus was right on both counts (the definition of "mandatory" and Winslow's offseason plans). From today's Cleveland Plain Dealer:
Kellen Winslow reported to Browns headquarters today and will attend the team's mandatory minicamp beginning Tuesday.For his next trick, Rosenhaus will fashion the Browns a cornerback out of a CD player and some chicken wire (among other things). While we wait for that, general manager Phil Savage hasn't put a timetable on working out a new deal for Winslow, primarily because the Browns "don't have a lot of wiggle room right now at this particular time."
The tight end had been absent from all of the team's 12 voluntary offseason practices. Winslow, who has asked for a new contract, has been rehabilitating in San Diego from surgery on his right knee in February.
For sociological shiggles, I say trade Winslow to the Giants for Jeremy Shockey.