When the New England Patriots learned that tight end Aaron Hernandez would miss up to six weeks, they began looking for replacements at the position. New England did have Visanthe Schiancoe but he is on the “designated for return” portion of the injured reserved list.
As the Patriots looked to find someone to line up across from Rob Gronkowski in two tight end sets, they went to an old NFL veteran for some help.
The Patriots signed former sixth-overall pick Kellen Winslow.
Winslow has agreed to a one-year contract. While he will not be much of a help in the blocking game, Winslow will fill the void left by Hernandez as a receiving threat. If Winslow is healthy and has his head on straight, he will be able to help the Patriots.