Kellen Winslow Jr. is on the comeback trail to resurrect his NFL career. This week the New York Jets tight end spoke out about his goal of making 100 catches — and also about what he considered to be shabby treatment from the Seattle Seahawks.
Winslow played only one game last season with the New England Patriots after being cut by the Seahawks, as a result of his ongoing battle with chronic knee pain.
According to the NFL’s website, if his knees hold out, there’s no real reason why the 30-year-old tight end can’t make a comeback. And they believe that Winslow will be strongly motivated as a result of being cut by the Seattle Seahawks in September.
Kellen Winslow Jr. talked to ESPN on Thursday — and he really opened up. It’s clear that he’s still angry about Seattle, saying:
“They cut me over money. They put me in a bad situation. I can’t even speak on it…You just don’t do a vet like that.”
But a comeback would be the best revenge. Winslow said that his goal was to make 100 catches.
Winslow said he didn’t last with the Patriots because he was simply too far behind Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, which caused him to see very limited game action. Of course, at the time Winslow left the Patriots, he had no way of knowing that Hernandez would soon be cut from the team himself as a result of his upcoming trial for the murder of Odin Lloyd.
According to his Facebook page, Winslow’s comeback trail became official in mid-June, when the New York Jets signed him to a one-year contract after observing his performance in a three-day mini-camp. Jets general manager John Idzik said at the time that he appreciated the tight end allowing him to see him in action for the extended tryout, rather than a standard workout of an hour or less.
If determination is what it takes for a comeback from severe knee pain, Kellen Winslow Jr. appears to have it.