Patriots Sign Kellen Winslow and Deion Branch

Kellen Winslow is New England’s latest tight end addition (Photo: US Presswire)

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.

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7 Responses to “Patriots Sign Kellen Winslow and Deion Branch”

  1. Eugene says:

    Are there any OT’s on the pats roster other than Vollmer and Solder? I know they have Cannon, but I think he should stick to playing Guard. O-line has looked like crap. The tackles have gotten better, but now the guards suck. Any good FA linemen still out there?

    • Nik says:

      The only veteran G out there worthy of mention, besides Waters of course, is Jake Scott. He’s a veteran waiting for the “right deal,” according to an article I read.

  2. Kyle says:

    I hope the Patriots sign Andre Carter back. He would be a great mentor for Chandler Jones and would start over Ninkovich. I still think they should ditch Hoomanawanui in favor of Gaffney or Bobby Carpenter, assuming they can’t get Brian Waters to take that roster spot instead.

    • MatthewJones says:

      Jason La Canfora reported today that the Raiders have brought in Carter for a second workout, although he also mentioned that New England is still “monitoring him closely.” Gaffney and Carter could eventually return, but Waters appears increasingly unlikely to appear.

    • Nik says:

      I think with Winslow on board and Fells healthy, Hoomanawanui will either be playing FB or he’ll be released to get another FB on the roster. Since he was signed off Redskins PS he has to be on roster for 3 games. Ovie Mughelli, Jacob Hester & Korey Hall are FB’s that are available. James Develin is also another option on Pats PS.

  3. Hunter says:

    Im hoping that spot will go to Bobby Carpenter. I also hope they didn’t spend more than a seventh round pick on Salas.

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