Kellen Winslow is 32 years old and hasn’t played in the NFL since 2013, but he doesn’t believe his career is over.
Winslow, the former Pro Bowl tight end who last played for the Jets, said in January that he was working out to return to football. And on Friday night, Winslow said those workouts have reached the point where he thinks he can play even better than he did before.
“My body feels good enough to come back and play at a high level, even better I think because I’m just a little wiser,” Winslow said on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “It was good to get away from the game just to work on me. I want to be a better player than I was before. I think I can.”
The seventh overall pick in the 2004 NFL draft, Winslow’s career got off to a slow start when he broke his leg in his second NFL game and then seriously injured his knee in a motorcycle accident in the following offseason. But when healthy, he was a very good player, both in Cleveland and in Tampa Bay.
But just because he was a good player once, that doesn’t mean he can still be a good player at age 32 after two years of inactivity. It’s a long shot that Winslow will be back on an NFL field.