Kellen Winslow: Why Tight End Won't Be Signed by Patriots

Ryan DavenportContributor ISeptember 5, 2012

KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 24:   Receiver Kellen Winslow #82 of the Seattle Seahawks lunges for a touchdown during the NFL preseason against the Kansas City Chiefs game at Arrowhead Stadium on August 24, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Bill Belichick is at it again.

In 2007, it was Randy Moss. In 2011, it was Albert Haynesworth and Chad Johnson. 

Now, according to The Boston Herald, Belichick has his eye on another big-name reclamation project, and this time, it's former Pro Bowler Kellen Winslow.

Winslow, who was recently cut by the Seattle Seahawks, is in search of his fourth team in less than five years, but the big tight end shouldn't get too comfortable in Foxborough.

Once considered to be a star-in-the-making with the Cleveland Browns after being selected with the sixth pick in 2004 NFL Draft, Winslow never quite lived up to the billing on the field, but that's not the only reason why he won't be offered a contract with the Patriots.

Winslow's talent was never been the problem, as the 6'4", 240-pound University of Miami product has always had the tools to be one of the best tight ends in the game.

And for a time, he was. In 2007, Winslow hauled in over 1,000 yards, and just two seasons ago, he set franchise records with Tampa Bay, but it's the reputation he's earned for himself off the field that will scare the Patriots off.

There was the motorcycle accident in 2005 that cost him an entire season. Then in 2008, Winslow ultimately forced his way out of Cleveland by telling ESPN that the team was, at least in part, to blame for the staph infection he contracted. 

Though Belichick has shown a willingness to take chances on talented yet controversial veterans in the past, the Pats are simply better off without Winslow.

They have one of the premier tight end tandems in the league in Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, and both put up much better numbers than Winslow in 2011.

Why would they add a potential distraction like Winslow if he'd be the third best player at his position on the roster?

According to Danny O'Neil of Sporting News, Winslow's knee didn't hold up well during camp with Seattle, but the team hadn't even planned on cutting him until he refused to renegotiate his contract.

While Winslow does have an impressive track record, did he really think he was worth the $3.3 million he was scheduled to earn in 2012 after making just three catches for 34 yards during the preseason?

The former All-American may find a new team in the coming weeks, it just won't be the New England Patriots.