Winslow signs with Pats

AP

The f–king soldier is now a freaking Patriot.

Tight end Kellen Winslow, who was cut before the start of the season by the Seahawks, has signed with the Patriots, according to a league source.  It’s a one-year deal.

Though a verbal understanding was in place when Winslow returned to Foxboro two weeks after failing a physical, he needed to pass the physical this time — and he did.

He will fill the void created by an ankle injury to tight end Aaron Hernandez.  We’ve reported that he’ll miss up to six weeks.

With Visanthe Shiancoe on injured reserve (via the “designated for return” category), the Pats needed a complement for Rob Gronkowski.

Winslow has played for the Browns and Buccaneers.  He complained loudly about Bucs coach Greg Schiano after a trade that sent Winslow to Seattle.  “Real sh-t?  Real sh-t?” Winslow said.  “Greg Schiano came over there [and said], ‘Toes on the line!  Toes on the line!’  Blowing the whistle.  You can’t laugh.  You can’t joke around.  So I decided not to go to OTAs.”

Schiano, coincidentally, is a friend of Pats coach Bill Belichick.  Hopefully, Belichick won’t be calling for any toes to be on any lines.

38 responses to “Winslow signs with Pats

  1. If Belichick had a sense of humor he’s give him a jersey that reads “Soldier” and he’d line him up next to OT Nate Solder.

  2. Get ready to see Welkers role decrease, it just shows you what type of Organization that Belly is running up there… Great Coach, horrible person, purposefully sabotaging welker’s final year because he wouldn’t sign a long-term contract

  3. Schefter reported two weeks ago that he never failed the first physical. Seems more plausible that he didn’t fail and they went in a different direction the first time. My first thought wouldn’t be to call up a guy that failed a physical two weeks ago.

  4. Chris Cooley would have been the better choice. Not sure why they didn’t invite him in for a workout. Winslow is a locker room cancer, and with the Pats coming off a loss to the Cards, just can’t imagine how that will help with team chemistry.

  5. Won’t practice, will complain when he doesn’t get the ball, not a very good teammate, insanely selfish…

    Not sure that sounds like a BB guy. I suspect he’s cut the second Hernandez is good to go again.

  6. Why don’t they use Jake Ballard who they were so adamant on signing from the Giants even though he blew out his leg? They would get praised for signing a rotting corpse as long as Belichick is the coach.

  7. bucrightoff says:
    Sep 18, 2012 4:18 PM
    Won’t practice, will complain when he doesn’t get the ball, not a very good teammate, insanely selfish…

    Not sure that sounds like a BB guy. I suspect he’s cut the second Hernandez is good to go again.
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    I’m really bleeped off they signed him. He played for RAC, Mangini and Schiano , all guys who had or have relationships with BB and two of those three dumped this guy’s butt. I would be STUNNED if he fits in the unselfish player mold. Better no second TE than one who will whine and complain about the HCs rules to the media. Bring back Branch/Gaffney and deal with a 3 WR offense until AHern is ready.

  8. He won’t last long the Patriots need him to do a poor man’s imitation of Hernandez’s “move” TE role. He’s actually been pretty productive lately he’s averaged around 700 yards a season the past three years.

    I doubt he’s on the team in November, but the Patriots surely must have some plan for him to try and replicate Hernandez’s production until he comes back.

  9. Hope they’re not counting on him to block… The kid is horrible at it. And I doubt he’ll be in Brady’s ear if he’s not getting passes thrown his way, but if you look at his 2011 game film, the only way he gains separation is by pushing off.

    I’m sure coach knows what he’s doing, but Winslow’s attitude and sense of entitlement combined with an inability to practice will more than likely lead to locker room issues that will probably do more harm than good.

  10. With the knee, he can’t practice, so I hope he’s quicker at picking up the Pats offense than Chad Johnson, who could practice and was with the team thru the preseason.

    Kellen should have taken the lowered Seattle offer if he’s willing to play what I’m guessing is a max 6 week deal in New England at the minimum.

  11. @bucrightoff says:Sep 18, 2012 4:18 PM

    Won’t practice, will complain when he doesn’t get the ball, not a very good teammate, insanely selfish…

    Not sure that sounds like a BB guy. I suspect he’s cut the second Hernandez is good to go again.

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    Sounds a lot like Corey Dillon and Randy Moss…..and Belichick barely got ANY production out of them….

    He is a hybrid wr/te player that can plug right into what Hernadez does in the playbook if his knee holds up. This allows Pats to keep the same personel group on the field but either use Winslow as a TE or move out wide as a WR like they did Hernandez.

    He won’t be as good as Hernandez, by any stretch, but this is a great move by the Pats with no risk whatsoever. Not one player has every been a cancer in the Pats locker room and if they even started to – they get cut. Plenty of up-side and nothing to lose.

  12. soobster says:
    Sep 18, 2012 4:54 PM
    I think Winslow is a tool and all too but belly has a knack for getting problem guys to buy in and produce. Ie) Dillon, moss, wilfork, Martin,

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    Since when has Vince Wilfork ever been a problem on this team? The man is a leader on the field and in the locker room and I’m not sure who you mean by Martin other than Curtis Martin, who wasn’t here when Belichick became the head coach and was never a problem on or off the field

    Winslow is here to fill the pass-catcher TE role that Hernandez vacated…You can line him up in the bunch formation at the end of the line or line him up as a WR out wide and let’s face it, outside his attitude problems he has been a very productive NFL tight end and if he creates any problems he’ll be right back on the street

  13. Not sure I get the Schiano relationship. Raheem was still coach of the Bucs when they shipped him to Seattle. Am I missing something or is this just really inaccurate?

  14. purely a bandaid, hope he got garaunteed $$ , cause he won’t be aroumd long.his act will wear thin really fast , pats will not put up with his sillyness

  15. Everyone said this about Corey Dillon too – what a cancer, he cant play anymore, cant survive the Patriots/BB system. Came in and got the message real quick – 1635 yds / 12 tds his first year with the team – by far his career best year. Led them to the SuperBowl win. 12 tds in 2005, 13 in 2006.

    If there is one thing the Pats have shown its that they will cut you in a second if you arent working out.

  16. radrntn says:
    Sep 18, 2012 5:34 PM
    desperate times call for desperate measures.

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    Empty roster spots call for players to fill them.

  17. Failed the physical the first time. Passed it two weeks later, upon reexamination by Dr. Belichick (as in “Doc, either he passes or the new team doctor will pass him tomorrow”).

    I’m not sure what the heck Winslow is yapping about. He’s worn out his welcome quickly everywhere he’s gone, has bad knees, doesn’t block well, doesn’t get separation in his routes, isn’t fast enough for WR or tough enough for TE. About the only thing he’s had going for him as a pro is his name.

  18. “About the only thing he’s had going for him as a pro is his name.”

    well thats not true. I agree that winslow has a history of being an a-hole, but he’s been a pretty productive player when healthy.

  19. Look at the NE roster. Now cross out Brady, Gronkowski and Hernandez. Presto: you have just created a seven-win NFL team.

  20. r1zzler says:

    Get ready to see Welkers role decrease, it just shows you what type of Organization that Belly is running up there… Great Coach, horrible person, purposefully sabotaging welker’s final year because he wouldn’t sign a long-term contract

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    If ‘Belly’ is so intent on ruining Welker’s final year, why would they have brought him back and paid him $9.5 mil instead of trading or releasing him?

    You’re an idiot.

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