When a player’s NFL career is finished, they usually are not responsible for that decision. Teams chose against even making phone calls and it ends instantly for an individual. Others try to hang on despite long odds hoping for another chance. The New York Jets may give such opportunity shortly.
Reports state that New York has invited veteran tight end Kellen Winslow to mini-camp for a tryout. This player last appeared for the New England Patriots last year. Winslow was met with high expectations coming out of Miami as a sixth overall selection by the Cleveland Browns in 2004’s Draft. He showed an ability to provide his quarterback with a valuable target. Immediately, the second-generation player has injury problems only appearing in two games his first two years. Fortunes changed as he caught 89 then 85 passes in 2006 and 2007. Cleveland traded Winslow to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers later where he enjoyed three solid seasons. Last year, he struggled once again to stay healthy during two games with New England after being released by the Seattle Seahawks . If these knee and back issues healed then the Jets could use this target.
I have said that current Jets tight Jeff Cumberland end will emerge and I still believe he will be successful.
There is, however, nothing wrong with adding depth. Konrad Reuland and Hayden Smith could also benefit by not being pushed into larger roles. Of course all of this is moot if Winslow fails to receive a contract. His receiving ability would stretch defenses though if the addition is made so it could be a good move.