The Green Bay Packers' search for a field-stretching tight end apparently didn't end with the offseason signing of Jared Cook. Indeed, the team plans to meet with another big name this weekend, albeit one that hasn't played in an NFL game since 2013. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Kellen Winslow II has a workout with the Packers scheduled for Sunday.
Winslow, son of Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow, Sr. and a former No. 6 overall pick, once reigned as perhaps the most athletic and prolific tight end in football. Between 2006 and '09, he averaged approximately 73 catches for 848 yards and four touchdowns a season. His 1,106-yard, five-touchdown campaign in 2007 earned him a trip to the Pro Bowl. However, multiple injuries including those resulting from a motorcycle accident and subsequent staph infection sapped him of some of his field-tilting ability. Still, Winslow remained productive into 2011, when he had his last big season.
However, that took place five years ago, and Winslow has done little since. He had two forgetting seasons with the Patriots and Jets before retiring after 2013. Few players sit out multiple years to make successful comebacks, and Winslow has already missed the start of training camp.
At the same time, Winslow just turned 33 in July, an age where some tight ends can remain effective. Never a particularly adept blocker, Winslow could potentially carve out a role as a middle-of-the-field pass catcher.
The Packers find out Sunday what, if anything, Winslow has to offer.