NEPD Staff Writer: Joon Lee
The New England Patriots have signed former first-round draft pick Kellen Winslow. Winslow was waived by the Seattle Seahawks on September 1st after he declined to have his salary reduced.
Deion Branch also has rejoined the fold, signing with the Patriots today.
Winslow came in to workout for the Patriots the day after roster cuts and passed his physical that same day according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Winslow passing his physical shows that the team is not overly concerned with the tight-end’s injury history, specifically with his knees.
Winslow will be joining the Patriots to take the spot of tight end Aaron Hernandez, who is likely out for 4-6 weeks. The addition of Winslow will allow the Patriots to return to two tight-end sets. Winslow has his best year in 2007 with the Cleveland Browns, who drafted him with the 6th pick in the 2004 NFL Draft, reigning in 82 catches for 1106 yard and five touchdowns.
Winslow has had a roller coaster of a career since being drafted, as he is joining his third team in four years. In 2011 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Winslow recorded 75 catches for 763 yards and 2 touchdowns, leading the team in receptions.
The Patriots now have six tight-ends on the roster with the addition of Winslow. Winslow joins Hernandez, Rob Gronkowski, Daniel Fells, Michael Hoomanawanui, and Visanthe Shiancoe.
After three short weeks away from the team, Branch is back as another trustworthy, if still a bit unspectacular, target.
To make room for the new additions, the Patriots released Greg Salas, Lex Hilliard and Mike Rivera. The Patriots have one open roster spot.