According to breaking news from ESPN Boston, the New England Patriots have signed veteran TE Kellen Winslow Jr, but the report has not been confirmed by other sources yet which continue to report that a deal has not been reached yet. The ESPN report suggests that the Patriots have inked the veteran to a one-year deal. Winslow had worked out for the Patriots two weeks ago, but left the team without a contract being offered. Winslow has dealt with knee injury issues throughout his career but he is a talented pass receiver.
This move was precipitated by the high ankle sprain suffered by Aaron Hernandez on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals. Reports suggest that Hernandez will miss up to six weeks while recovering from his injury.
Winslow was the leading receiver for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season. The Buccaneers traded Winslow to the Seattle Seahawks prior to the start of the regular season after the tight end clashed with rookie head coach Greg Schiano. His time in Seattle was short and was eventually released.
In his seven year career, the 29 year old Winslow Jr has recorded 437 receptions for 4,836 yards and 23 touchdowns.
Fantasy implications- Winslow might become an active participant in the Patriots offense, but it will likely take a few weeks for him to understand the offense first. If you are looking to replace Aaron Hernandez in your lineup, look elsewhere because there should be other options on the waiver wire that will give you more production.