It took a few days, but after his tryout with the New York Jets, Kellen Winslow has agreed to a 1 year deal. Winslow was thought to be a top tier tight end when he was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the first round of the 2004 draft. Unfortunately, injuries riddled his early career, and he was never really able to become the player many thought he would be.
He was traded to Tampa Bay in 2009, and received the largest TE contract in NFL History. He signed a 6 year/$36 million deal with the Buccaneers, however, he only lasted 3 seasons there until he was traded to the Seahawks. But I think he found a nice place to play in New York, it’s a smart move for him. Not only is Winslow trying to prove to himself and to the rest of the league why he should be a top tight end, but to put it simply, the Jets need a TE. If you remember, they lost their longtime draft pick Dustin Keller to the Miami Dolphins through free agency back in March.
When asked about what he thinks of his new tight end, Coach Rex Ryan said,
“I see exactly what you see, I see that athleticism, and his ability to catch the football jumps out.”
I think Kellen Winslow can contribute a lot to a Jets team that has been having trouble on the offensive side of the ball recently. He can bring in some help to a depleted spot on the roster, and bolsters the receiving core if only by a little.