Report: Packers to work out TE Winslow Jr.

Tom Silverstein
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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Tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. runs to the sideline during a 2013 game with the New York Jets.

CANTON, Ohio - The Green Bay Packers reportedly talked to former Pro Bowl tight end Kellen Winslow in the spring; now they are ready to take a look at him.

Winslow has been out of football for two years, but according to, he has a workout scheduled with the Packers Sunday.

It's unclear how much interest the Packers actually have, but with free agent Jared Cook still on the physically unable to perform list and backups Kennard Backman, Mitchell Henry and Justin Perillo not exactly tearing it up, the Packers may be willing to give Winslow a shot.

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It would be a bit of a longshot given Winslow, 33, has not played a down since 2013, the same year he was suspended without pay for four games for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances. Winslow played in 12 games that season and caught 31 passes for 388 yards and two touchdowns.

In his 10-year career, Winslow has caught 469 passes for 5,236 yards and 25 touchdowns. He had five seasons with 60 or more catches, two with Cleveland and three with Tampa Bay.

In the spring, Winslow told Fox Sports, he had taken to competitive cycling to help him shed 25 pounds and was ready to give football a chance again.

In addition to his suspension, Winslow has had at least one off-field incident and carries a reputation for speaking his mind, sometimes to the chagrin of coaches and front-office people. He insists he has learned from his past, but that's something the Packers will have to decide.

In March, Winslow said coaches from Atlanta, Green Bay and Houston had expressed interest in working him out.

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