While free agent tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. hasn’t received an actual contract offer from the Green Bay Packers, he’s at least earned a workout, according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport.
This is interesting… FA TE Kellen Winslow II is working out for the #Packers tomorrow, sources say. His first since attempting a comeback
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 6, 2016
After the workout, I’m one of the few who believe that the team may be smart to make the move and get him under contract. While the Packers did sign Jared Cook this offseason, we’ve seen a whole lot of up and down from the former St. Louis Ram throughout his young career.
The question is, why Winslow? We’re talking about a guy who hasn’t played in the NFL since 2013, when he caught 31 passes, for 388 yards and two touchdowns in 12 games for the New York Jets. The 33-year-old tight end can’t have much left in the tank, can he? Especially after all this time off.
Back in April, Winslow wrote an open letter on Bleacher Report about why he can still be one of the league’s top tight ends. After reading it, I was sold. This is a different player than the one who saw for many years with the Cleveland Browns, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots (for one game) and the Jets.
While that letter was a great read, it’s about more than that, as Winslow would give the Packers a low-risk, potentially high-reward option, and one who could mesh immediately with Aaron Rodgers. While Rodgers has some strong wide receivers in the likes of Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, he hasn’t had a playmaking tight end, which is what Winslow still may have the potential to be.
Can he live up to that potential? That’s unknown. One thing that’s certain though, is that it won’t cost the Packers a lot to give Winslow a chance in training camp, and it could pan out very nicely when all is said and done.