After nine seasons in the NFL and one he’d really like to forget about, tight end Kellen Winslow is still drawing plenty of interest around the NFL, with three teams: the Cleveland Browns, who he played far in the past, the Oakland Raiders and the Carolina Panthers have expressed a slight interest in trying to sign the player.
Winslow didn’t really play in 2012. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded him after the 2011 season to the Seattle Seahawks but he was released before the season began. He was picked up by the New England Patriots, but played in only one game, catching one pass for 12 yards before being cut from the team as well. Winslow has a history of attitude problems with front offices, most memorably with the Browns during his first four season with the team, despite going for 1106 yards in 2007.
He was quite productive for the Bucs in the three seasons he played for them, never catching for less than 730 yards while playing in Florida. Winslow, who some thought might retire after hardly getting a chance to play in 2012, is working out to be in shape for the new season, and is pretty sure he’ll get one of the teams he claims is interested in him – Browns, Raiders & Panthers, to offer him a deal.
While the Browns might have the best chance to get him thanks to their head coach, Rob Chudzinski, who coached Winslow both at the University of Miami and with Cleveland, when he was an assistant coach, they already signed Kellen Davis last week at the position. Both the Raiders and the Panthers desperately need to improve their passing options for their quarterbacks (although the Raiders might make a change there too), and an in-shape Winslow, who won’t be commanding too much money this time around, might be a cheap way to do some upgrading.