TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 11: Kellen Winslow #82 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers looks on during the season opener against the Detroit Lions at Raymond James Stadium on September 11, 2011 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Kellen Winslow Jr. Reportedly Signs One-Year Deal With Patriots

Kellen Winslow Jr. will be taking over for Aaron Hernandez, at least for the time being. Winslow and the New England Patriots reportedly reached a one-year deal that brings the seven-year veteran tight end to Foxboro.

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Kellen Winslow asks for and receives release

Tight end Kellen Winslow asked for and has been granted his release from the New England Patriots on Thursday, a source has told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Last week, the Patriots signed the former Pro Bowl to a one-year deal as they were looking for a fill-in for the injured Aaron Hernandez.

Winslow participated in two practices and suited up for the Patriots Sunday night, playing just four offensive snaps in a 31-30 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Winslow was not present during Tuesday's practice and did not speak to reporters.

According to Football Outsiders Brian McIntyre, Winslow earned $48,529 in his brief time in New England.

The release is Winslow's second in less than a month. On Sept. 1, the Seattle Seahawks cut the former Miami Hurricane because he didn't want to take a salary cut. The Seahawks acquired Winslow in a spring trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a team he tallied 75 receptions for 763 receiving yards and two touchdowns for last season.

This story originally appeared on SBNation.com.

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New England Patriots Reportedly Sign Kellen Winslow Jr.

The New England Patriots have signed free agent tight end Kellen Winslow Jr., sources tell ESPN's AFC East blogger, James Walker. Winslow will try to fill the void of tight end Aaron Hernandez, who's expected to be out at least a month after suffering a high ankle sprain in Sunday's 20-18 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

Winslow, 29, worked out for the Patriots during training camp, but he did not earn a roster spot. The former No. 6-overall draft pick from the University of Miami will be a part of his third team in four seasons.

Over the offseason, Winslow was traded from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the Seattle Seahawks, who released the former Pro Bowler in the spring after he said he wouldn't take a pay cut. Last season for the Bucs', Winslow caught 75 passes for 763 yards and two touchdowns.

The 6'4, 240-pound tight end has the same athletic build that Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski have, and should be a solid second option at tight end for quarterback Tom Brady.

For more on the Patriots, head over to Pats Pulpit and continue to check out SB Nation Boston.

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