Winslow on the Trading Block: Jets Need To Find Second String Tight End
Added by Justin O'Connell on May 22, 2012.
Tampa Bay will be looking to trade Kellen Winslow.
Tampa Bay tight end, Kellen Winslow, has told Sirius XM NFL radio that the Bucs have informed him they will be looking to trade him and, if they cannot manage to do so, they will most likely release the former pro bowler. Winslow is due $3.3 million next season, so it will be hard to trade the injury proned tight end.
The New York Jets could use another tight end to go along with Dustin Keller, who had a career high in receiving yards and touchdowns last season. Winslow has been productive over the past three seasons, 218 receptions, 2,377 yards and 12 touchdowns, and could be a valuable addition if the Jets choose to go after him. The Jets have seen firsthand how two pass catching tight ends can disrupt defenses and cause a lot of mismatches after the Patriots’ tight ends lit up their defense last season.
The Jets also have young tight end and former college wide receiver, Jeff Cumberland, as their number two guy right now. He also is a pass catching tight end that played very well in spurts last season, until blowing out his achilles tendon.
The x-factor for the Jets appears to be rookie, Hayden Smith. The former rugby star has all the physical abilities to be the perfect tight end. He has great hands, can block, and has ridiculous stamina.
New offensive coordinator, Tony Sparano, likes to use the two tight end formation, but he prefers tight ends that can block and, unfortunately for him, none of the Jets tight ends have proven they can consistently do that at a high level. Keller is a decent blocker, but is known more for his pass catching ability. If the Jets were to acquire Winslow, he would not be the blocker Sparano is looking for, but Sparano would love to have those two tight ends match up with any defense.
The chances of the Jets going after Winslow are slim, but it would be a very intriguing acquisition. The Jets are hoping that Cumberland and Smith will be able to provide what they are looking for at that position.
Other Jets notes:
Second year NT Kenrick Ellis will be facing 45 days in jail for a domestic assault charge. He will begin his jail time on June 15th, but will be back in time for training camp. Ellis, 6’5” and 346lbs, has a lot of talent and shares time with Sione Pouha at the NT position.