Jets sign TE Kellen Winslow to a one-year deal

One day after Kellen Winslow Jr.’s tryout, the Jets signed the tight end to a one-year contract, Conor Orr of the Newark Star-Ledger reports:

The Jets have been searching for depth at the position following the departure of former No.1 option Dustin Keller, who signed a one-year deal with the Dolphins this offseason.

Jeff Cumberland, slated as the No. 1 tight end coming in to camp, is confident he can carry the load but also welcomed the addition of Winslow, a former No. 6 overall pick by the Browns in 2004.

Winslow, who’s (sic) creaky knees have kept him out of football for almost the entire season last year — he had one catch for 12 yards with New England — said on Thursday he felt healthy following his three mini camp practices with the Jets.

“I know (Rex Ryan) knows what I can do,” Winslow said. Adding later: “I feel like it would be a great spot. I like the team, I like the teammates, I hope I can stay.”

We first wrote about Winslow coming to mini camp for a tryout here

Bent, TheJetsBlog.com

There may have been more to Winslow being out of the league than just his knee issues last year. While Winslow has had at least five knee surgeries since his motorcycle accident back in 2005, he hasn’t missed a game through injury since 2008 and only six overall since returning from that injury. The Seahawks – having traded for him during the offseason – initially released him because he refused to take a pay cut and he was released by the Patriots for “personal reasons” just one game after they picked him up.

Nevertheless, he represents yet another player that does have injury concerns and has also been a controversial figure over the course of his career. If healthy and in the right frame of mind, he could certainly provide an upgrade for the Jets in terms of his pass catching. He caught over 200 passes in three years with the Bucs prior to last season. While not regarded as much of a blocker, he could be a good fit for the passing game in a Marty Mornhinweg offense. It will be interesting to see how the tight end position shakes out now.