by Fitzgerald Cecilio
Florham Park, NJ
The New York Jets have signed Kellen Winslow Jr. to a one-year deal after a three-day tryout, giving the once-promising tight end a chance to revive his career and boosting their stock at the position.
"I see exactly what you see," said Jets coach Rex Ryan, who was impressed by Winslow's performance in the three-day minicamp. "I see that athleticism, and his ability to catch the football jumps out."
"We thought Kellen did a nice job given the fact that he got off a plane and got into a meeting and, a couple of hours later, was on the field," Jets general manager John Idzik said. "All things considered, he did a pretty good job."
While admitting he was rusty, Winslow said he was pleased with his performance and still believes he can contribute in the NFL.
"I'm a dynamic player," said Winslow, who passed the team's physical.
Winslow's signing will boost the Jets' unheralded group at tight end. The group, headed by career backup Jeff Cumberland, had only 44 combined career receptions.
Last season, Winslow just played one game with the New England Patriots, who picked him up after he was released by the Seattle Seahawks.
A first-round pick of the Cleveland Browns in 2004, Winslow was considered one of the premier tight ends in the NFL but injuries and attitude woes landed him in the doghouse.
He was traded to the Buccaneers in 2009 and received the biggest tight end contract in history -- six years, $36 million. He had three solid seasons for the Bucs but was dealt to the Seahawks in 2011.
Winslow has 438 career receptions for 4,848 yards and 23 touchdowns. His last full season was 2011, when he caught 75 passes for the Bucs.