(NEW YORK) — It didn’t take long for the New England Patriots to bring in another tight end after losing Aaron Hernandez for the foreseeable future. ESPN reports that the team has signed Kellen Winslow to a one-year deal.
The team had interest in Winslow before Hernandez went down with an ankle injury. New England brought him in for a workout two weeks ago, and while they didn’t sign him, they were still interested in him.
Hernandez, who is a major part of the Patriots offense, could be out for up to a month after suffering his injury this past Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.
Winslow was most recently with the Seattle Seahawks, but was cut before the season started. He spent the previous three seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and was a highly productive tight end for the team. Last season, he caught 75 passes for 763 yards and two touchdowns.
Despite his talent, there had been concern over one of Winslow’s knee. The Patriots are hoping they can still use their two-tight end sets with Winslow on the team now. He would lineup opposite of Pro-Bowl tight end Rob Gronkowski.
This will be Winslow’s ninth season in the NFL. He was the sixth pick in the 2004 Draft by the Cleveland Browns.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN