The Arizona Cardinals are hurting right now at tight end. Literally All three tight ends are listed on the injury report this week. TE Kellen Winslow was released by the New England Patriots this week at his request. If the Cardinals signed Winslow he could be the second weapon on offense they are missing.
Winslow has a 1,000 yard season under his belt with the Cleveland Browns and could be Kevin Kolb’s new guy when there is nothing down field. There is no doubt in my mind Winlsow has the talent to move the chains on third down. Plus, the Seattle Seahawks released him before the final roster cuts so he could be dangerous in that match up later in the season.
Todd Heap was Kolb’s favorite target in week 2 against the Patriots, but he did not practice on Thursday. Jeff King was a full participant, but knee injuries always slow you down. Winslow also has a knee injury, and could be part of the reason he asked to be released. This could make him untouchable and he may not even be interested in playing again this year. This is a risky move, but in a week or two if the Cardinals are really hurting at the position and Winslow thinks he can play, it will be worth the risk.
I believe Winlsow would mesh perfectly with Kolb very quickly. Listed at 6’4″, Winslow is a big receiver and can easily be seen in the middle of the field. Who knows? The defense could sleep on him and catch him running up the seam all by himself.
The thing to know here is this is a long shot, but the Cardinals were a long shot to be 3-0. Stranger things have happened, right?