Kellen Winslow didn’t do much in the NFL in 2012. He played one game for the New England Patriots, then was released due to personal reasons. Prior to that, he spent three years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, after starting his career with the Cleveland Browns back in 2004.
Winslow says he’s ready for a return to the NFL in 2013, and that three teams (including the Browns) have contacted him.
Many are speculating that a return to Cleveland could be influenced by the fact that his former coach from Miami, Rob Chudzinski, is now the head coach. Winslow also played under Chudzinski while he was an assistant during the tight end’s first stint with the team.
But how likely are the Browns to seriously consider bringing Winslow back? His first run with the team ended badly, and after eight years in the league, what does he still have left in the tank?
On top of all those x-factors, the Browns just inked TE Kellen Davis to a contract, so there doesn’t even appear to be an opening for Winslow. Maybe somewhere down the depth chart, but a starting spot would seem very unlikely.
I just don’t see why the Browns would want him back, and why he would want to go back. Maybe, if there weren’t two legitimate NFL tight ends already on the roster, then maybe, but it just doesn’t make sense with Davis and Jordan Cameron on the roster.
The Oakland Raiders and Carolina Panthers are the other teams reportedly interested in Winslow, and the Raiders make the most sense to me. Brandon Myers just left town, and there’s an actual vacancy on the roster. The Panthers have Greg Olson, so that doesn’t seem to be an ideal fit either. Maybe though, just making a roster is enough for Winslow at this point in his career. Starting and getting lots of playing time, might be out of the question.
I’m going with the Raiders as the most likely landing spot for the veteran tight end, and I won’t hold my breath on a return to Cleveland.
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