Kellen Winslow Granted Release from New England Patriots

Tyler ConwayFeatured ColumnistSeptember 27, 2012

BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 23: Tight end Kellen Winslow #82 of the New England Patriots catches a pass during warm ups before the start of the Patriots game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on September 23, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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After just one game with the team, tight end Kellen Winslow asked for, and was granted, his release from the New England Patriots on Thursday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

TE Kellen Winslow asked for and received release from Patriots, per source. Also sounds like Aaron Hernandez healing quicker than expected.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 27, 2012

The outspoken tight end had just signed with the team on Sept. 18 after starter Aaron Hernandez went down with an ankle injury against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 2.

Considering the short amount of time he had between his signing and last Sunday's game, Winslow's contributions were understandably nondescript against the Baltimore Ravens. The 29-year-old played just four snaps the entire game, though one of those included a 12-yard reception.

His release in New England may already put the cap on what has been a whirlwind year for Winslow. After catching 75 balls in his third season with the club, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers shipped him off to the Seattle Seahawks in the offseason, where Winslow was subsequently released in training camp.

Though injury history and personality questions have often gotten in his way, there is no denying the former Miami Hurricane still has gas left in the tank. Playing in his ninth season, Winslow has never caught fewer than 66 passes or gained fewer than 730 yards when playing in all 16 games.

For the Patriots, cutting the recent signee likely means Hernandez will be back sooner than expected. Many had feared that the young star would be out the entire way until Halloween, but word has been relatively positive thus far.

Nevertheless, this seemed like a short-term marriage from the get-go, and Winslow's requested release seems to have just expedited an inevitable divorce.