Kellen Winslow Jr. hasn’t appeared in an NFL game since 2013 but he’s trying to make a return to pro football. And he wants to do it with one franchise in particular.
In an interview with TMZ Sports, Winslow said he’s still working out with the hope of getting an opportunity to join a roster sometime in the near future. He really hopes it’s with the Green Bay Packers.
“I still have my ability and I still feel like I can be one of the top 10 guys in the league even with being out because I haven’t stopped training for it,” Winslow said. “I’ve even ramped up my training more. So I can’t just give up on my ability, you know. Especially someone that was born into the game, watching my dad, watching all the greats, football is all I know, man.”
“I have some interest from some teams but it’s all about the GMs pulling the trigger on me,” Winslow said.
Winslow had a workout with the Packers in August. But with the Packers signing Jared Cook this offseason, the Packers didn’t have a need for another tight end. Nevertheless, Winslow hopes the Packers are the team that gives him a shot.
“I want to go to Green Bay,” Winslow said. “I really want to play for the Packers and catch passes from Aaron Rodgers. I think he’s the best quarterback in the league with Drew Brees and Tom Brady and guys like that.
I had one of my biggest games up there and I felt at home there. That’s when I was with Tampa back in the day when I really felt at home there. And there’s no place like Lambeau Field. No place in the world like Lambeau Field. So I want to be a Packer.”
Winslow’s caught nine passes for a career-high 132 yards against the Packers in 2011. But he understands that it’s an uphill battle to get back into the game having last caught a pass in Dec. 2013 with the New York Jets.
“It’s unprecedented what I’m trying to do here,” Winslow acknowledged. “I don’t think anyone’s been out this long and trying to get back in. … We’ll see what happens man. I’m staying ready and staying in shape and hoping my opportunity comes pretty soon.”