NFL Rumors: New England Patriots to Have Private Workout with Kellen Winslow Jr.

Brian MurtaughAnalyst ISeptember 4, 2012

KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 24:  Kellen Winslow #82 of the Seattle Seahawks warms up prior to the NFL preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on August 24, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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According to Greg Rosenthal of and Mike Florino of Profootballtalk, the New England Patriots will reportedly hold a private workout with recently released tight end, Kellen Winslow Jr. at some point this week.

The Patriots already have two of the best tight ends in the NFL on their active roster in Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, and many would argue that the last thing the perennial Super Bowl contenders need is another play making tight end on the active roster. New England also has former Minnesota Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe on the active roster.

The Patriots would be the fourth landing spot for Winslow on his NFL tour after extensive stints with the Cleveland Browns, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Seattle Seahawks. Winslow's time in Cleveland and Tampa Bay proved to be his most productive as he become a very reliable option for multiple head coaches and in multiple systems.

Winslow currently has 437 catches for over 4,000 yards and 23 touchdowns in his NFL career. His best season came in 2007 with the Browns when he managed to compile 82 receptions for 1,106 yards and five touchdowns while helping Cleveland to a 10-6 record and a near playoff birth.

Winslow has also been relatively healthy over the course of his career as he only had one season where he did not play a full 16-game schedule.

By potentially adding Winslow, the Patriots would clearly become even more dynamic than they have been in previous seasons. Tom Brady has already shown a great ability to spread the ball out to multiple receivers and Winslow could be the piece that creates too many mismatches for opposing defenses,