|Winslow's headed to New England. (US Presswire)|
The Patriots seemed to have an odd obsession with tight ends in training camp and in preseason, kicking the tires on just about anyone who had ever played the position. It was especially peculiar since New England had two of the league's best in Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. But now with Hernandez sidelined for the next few weeks with a right ankle injury, the Pats' interest in finding depth at the position makes more sense.
So it's not completely surprising that the team agreed to terms on a one-year contract with Kellen Winslow, Jr., CBSSports.com's Michael Freeman has confirmed. Nothing is set, however, mostly likely because Winslow reportedly failed a Patriots physical two weeks ago.
ESPN.com first reported the story.
The former first-round pick of the Browns played in Tampa Bay and most recently Seattle before the Seahawks released him a week before the 2012 season. And while the Bucs shipped Winslow to the Pacific Northwest because he didn't fit new coach Greg Schiano's team-first style, the Seahawks cut ties with Winslow because of his hefty contract and his history of injuries.
In seven NFL seasons, Winslow has 437 receptions for 4,836 yards and 23 touchdowns. He'll probably never again be the player that made the Pro Bowl in 2007 (82 catches, 1,106 yards and five touchdowns that year). But when healthy, Winslow's a reliable, athletic pass-catcher who can create matchup problems for opposing defenses. And it won't hurt that Gronkowski will now be on the field at the same time.
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