After letting Dustin Keller walk in the offseason, the Jets already thin tight end depth became even thinner. New York had career back-up Jeff Cumberland, practice squad player Konrad Reuland, and the unproven Hayden Smith on the depth chart. That all changed today with New York signing 29-year-old free-agent Kellen Winslow Jr. to a 1-year-contract.
This week, the Jets invited Winslow to a tryout where he impressed head coach Rex Ryan with his athleticism and his ability to catch the football.
Last season, Winslow only caught one pass with the New England Patriots who signed him after being released by new Jets GM John Idzik’s Seahawks.
Before injuries and a questionable attitude derailed his career, Winslow at one point was the highest paid tight end in NFL history and was the 6th overall pick by the Browns in the 2004 Draft.
In 2009, Winslow signed a record 6-year $36 million dollar deal with the Buccaneers. He only lasted 3-season in Tampa. During his last full-season in 2011, Winslow was productive catching 75 balls.
If healthy, Winslow will be a great addition to the Jets. He has a ton of potential and will be 30 when the season begins in September. New York had a need at tight-end, and Winslow fits like a glove.