The New England Patriots have signed tight end Kellen Winslow and re-signed wide receiver Deion Branch. The announcement Wednesday came three days after tight end Aaron Hernandez was sidelined with a right ankle injury. The Patriots have not said how many games they expect him to miss.|||||||
Winslow was released by the Seattle Seahawks on Sept. 1 after spending the past three seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers following five seasons with the Cleveland Browns. He had 75 receptions last season and has 437 in his career.
The Seattle Seahawks have waived tight end Kellen Winslow, keeping true to past form of tinkering with their roster even after final training camp cuts are made. A team spokesman confirmed Winslow's release on Saturday, which was first reported by ESPN.com.|||||||
Winslow didn't have much impact during preseason games, but was thought to be a key element of Seattle's offense. The Seahawks thought they could create mismatches using Winslow and fellow tight end Zach Miller lined up against slower linebackers or smaller safeties. Winslow was acquired in a trade with Tampa Bay in May after he said it became clear he didn't fit into the plans of new Bucs coach Greg Schiano.
Winslow says he been told that he no longer fits in Tampa Bay's plans for next season.|||||||
The ninth-year pro told SiriusXM radio on Monday that first-year coach Greg Schiano was "kind of upset" that Winslow has not been working out with the team this offseason and told the player over the weekend that he will facilitate a trade to another club.
Winslow had five receptions for 54 yards in Sunday's 48-3 loss to the 49ers.|||||||
Winslow has caught five passes in each of his last two games after getting six in his previous two weeks combined.
Winslow had two TD catches in Sunday's 38-15 rout of Seattle.|||||||
Winslow had seven catches for 98 yards overall.