We can only assume that Kellen Winslow Jr. isn’t satisfied with playing for a championship-caliber team when no other team expressed any desire to give him stable employment.
Yes, kids, we will remember this as the day when Kellen Winslow Jr. did something which was so very Kellen Winslow. Jr. He’s a soldier, after all, and he doesn’t give a hell.
Winslow has asked for and received his release from the Patriots, according to ESPN’s Mike Reiss. He did that only nine days after signing, and four days after he was on the field for just four snaps during New England’s loss Sunday night to Baltimore, finishing with one reception for 12 yards. In an offense that Chad Johnson/Ochocinco couldn’t pick up over a full season, it seems Winslow desired a far more prominent role after only three days of practice, which is also so very Kellen Winslow Jr. of him. Or maybe he was hurting too much, another reason for an out which comes with little surprise because the former Browns first-round pick has been notoriously injury-prone due to his troublesome knees.
This is only notable and worth even 160 words so far and counting because now Aaron Hernandez owners in deep leagues who picked up Winslow hoping that he could be even a serviceable short-term replacement are left with more desperation, and more crumbs in the TE free agent pool. That’s especially true since it’s now Thursday afternoon, and waiver claims have long gone through for this week.
Only Hernandez owners in the deepest of deep leagues (14 teams and above) were in a position where they were realistically forced to consider starting Winslow. Hernandez is reportedly healing much quicker than expected from his ankle injury, and there’s now a chance he could be back next week.
Those desperate deep league lost souls are now searching for both a quick solution, and their hair. For you I suggest a handful of reaching fliers with upside who are owned in less than five percent of ESPN leagues: Kellen Davis (@DAL, 0.8% owned), Zach Miller (@STL, 0.9% owned), and Joel Dreessen (vs. OAK, 2.8% owned).