Kellen Winslow, Jr.’s career hasn’t panned out quite the way he wanted it to. The former University of Miami star has bounced from the Cleveland Browns to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the Seattle Seahawks, and has now been released by the New England Patriots. apparently due to his own request. While it seems that he has an attitude problem, he could still serve a team well as a backup or a quick fix, and the Kansas City Chiefs need one with the loss of Kevin Boss to a concussion.
Winslow will probably land with a team purely for his talent and the fact that his dad played in the National Football League, and the Chiefs could be the perfect fit for him. With an injury to receiver/running back Dexter McCluster and the potential for star Dwayne Bowe to miss Sunday’s game against the San Diego Chargers, quarterback Matt Cassel definitely needs a touchdown target. Despite Winslow’s inconsistency, he has recorded at least 700 yards (and 1 1,000 yard season) receiving in 5 of his 9 seasons in the NFL. Not Pro Bowl numbers, but serviceable nonetheless.
Kellen Winslow is not the end-all fix-all, but he is an intriguing proposition for Kansas City. Tony Moeaki‘s health has been a question mark since his college days at Iowa, and Boss will probably miss at least one or two more games. Cassel has struggled so far this season, and he could use a big play passing threat. The Chiefs are notorious for having lots of salary cap room, and Winslow may be a player they want to gamble on to keep them alive in the AFC West.