Tight end Kellen Winslow, Jr. is heading to the New York Jets, at least for a tryout, according to a report from the Associated Press. Winslow will meet with the team during their minicamp this week. Apparently, he's a little excited about the opportunity:
J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS!!!— Kellen Winslow Jr. (@KellenWinslowJr) June 8, 2013
Of course, that could also be because non one has shown even the slightest interest in the free agent this offseason.
The Jets need to find a replacement tight end after former starter Dustin Keller was signed by the Miami Dolphins this offseason. To do that, they seem to be turning to a former Miami Hurricane.
Winslow began his career with the Cleveland Browns, being selected with the sixth overall pick in 2004. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2007, then talked his way out of Cleveland, particularly after suffering a staph infection he blamed on the team. After Cleveland, Winslow spent three seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, before being traded to the Seattle Seahawks.
The Seahawks released him less than four months later, after he refused to reduce his salary. He joined the New England Patriots two weeks later, appeared in one game, then asked to be released.
Currently, the Jets have a tight end corps consisting of Jeff Cumberland, Dedrick Epps, Chris Pantale, Konrad Rueland, Mike Shanahan, and Hayden Smith; healthy Winslow immediately upgrades their tight end position.
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