Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Jamie Winborn released by Denver Broncos

While Matt Stewart returns from a one-year hiatus from the NFL to be signed by the Dallas Cowboys, his former Vanderbilt teammate and fellow linebacker Jamie Winborn is looking for work.

Winborn, who led the Broncos in tackles last season, didn't have the best of relationships with his former San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Nolan. So guess who's the Broncos' new defensive coordinator?

Nolan. Whoops.

Unlike his former Commodores and Broncos teammate Jay Cutler, Winborn showed a lot of class, telling the Denver Post that he understands it's a business and he believes he just didn't fit into Nolan's new system.

I've always liked Winborn, except for that time he and future NFL player Jimmy Williams got suspended from the season opener against Miami-Ohio but they were allowed on the field in Nashville and they were taunting the Redhawks' pudgy little quarterback, Mike Bath, who had been planning to attend Vanderbilt but had his scholarship rescinded. And of course Bath soaked the Commodores for two touchdowns in the final minutes of the game to pull off a 33-30 upset. (Way to go, Woody.)

But when he was suited up, Winborn always played hard. In his final game, against Tennessee, he singlehandedly kept the Commodores in the game. You could see his lateral speed. I remember thinking he was one of the best players on the field.

Best wishes, Jamie. Somebody should pick you up.

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