Bill Belichick has always had a habit of bringing in players to the New England Patriots that have worn out their welcome somewhere else in the NFL. At times they prove to be over the hill, but sometimes they turn out to be resurgent stars. Tight end Kellen Winslow is sincerely hoping that his career can be rejuvenated there after a workout with the Patriots.
Winslow is fresh off of being cut by the Seattle Seahawks in what many is saying is a “surprise move” by the up-and-coming team.
The nine-year veteran was a shocking casualty by the Seahawks on Saturday, September 1 and already has his sights set on his next team. The Patriots are where Winslow hopes to land, but it won’t be easy.
New England already has Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez, Daniel Fells, and long-time veteran Visanthe Shiancoe on the roster. Winslow’s best chance may come from the fact that Shiancoe actually hasn’t been healthy enough to join the team or play for them yet.
Some are also stating that the Patriots‘ organization could simply be paying up a favor to NFL agent, Drew Rosenhaus. Winslow’s agent represents a number of players in the league including Gronkowski and Shiancoe.
Winslow hasn’t been too shabby on the field, but his production has indeed faded since his peak season with the Cleveland Browns in 2007.
2011 marked one of the worst seasons of his career while in Tampa Bay, with 75 receptions for 763 yards, but only pulling in a total of two touchdowns. Winslow’s time in Tampa Bay came to an end thanks to he and new coach Greg Schiano not exactly being on the same page.
The strange thing regarding his release though is that the Seahawks didn’t pay a small price for him after trading a conditional late-round pick from Schiano and the Buccaneers.
Seattle unloading Winslow is also peculiar as he became a primary target in practice for rookie quarterback Russell Wilson. He actually appeared to fit well into the Seahawks’ offensive scheme along with fellow tight end Zach Miller. The Seahawks used two tight ends 37 percent of the time on offense which ranked 12th in the NFL during 2011.
In early August, Seahawks’ coach Pete Carroll praised Winslow and stated that he would be a big part of the offense.
“He’s totally a part of that,” said Carroll. “He has an extraordinary catching range. Kellen is doing a great job for us going with us right now. He’s affected the way we think about the throwing game, and he’s affected the quarterbacks too, because you can feel when he’s on the field.”
Due to make $13.3 million over the final three years of his contract with Seattle, Winslow can expect much less with New England. That is, of course, if the Patriots even decide to take on a possible fourth or fifth tight end.
Gronkowski is cemented in place as the starting tight end for the Patriots after a fantastic season, in which he amassed over 1,300 yards and 17 touchdowns. Hernandez seems to be in place as the number two, and Fells sees time at fullback.
Winslow will likely find a home somewhere even though New England seems unlikely. He’s just going to have to realize his time and worth as a starting tight end aren’t going to be the same.
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