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Winslow caught 75 passes for 763 yards with coach Pete Carroll's team in 2011, and the interest by the Patriots makes sense if they're looking to add depth to the formidable tight end duo of Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. Though Pro Football Talk said that there was no word if the Patriots had offered Winslow a contract, working him out gives them a good feel for a solid option should one of their star tight ends gets hurt.
The Patriots also have Visanthe Shiancoe on the roster, but his health has been an issue of late.
Cut on Sunday by Seattle, Winslow will likely not be offered a contract by New England right away, even if they want to bring him aboard. Signing him before Week 1 would make his contract guaranteed.
The Seattle Seahawks' newest acquisition, tight end Evan Moore, was at practice for the first time at the VMAC on Monday, and it was the end of a hectic few days for the fifth-year veteran. Moore was waived by the Cleveland Browns on Friday, but was signed by the Seahawks on Saturday before flying to Seattle on Sunday.
"Considering these guys all just went through camp together, I’m kind of the new guy," he said. "You almost feel like a rookie. You walk in the building and everybody’s looking at you like, ‘Who’s this guy?’
"There is a learning curve, but fortunately there’s a lot of translation between what we did in Cleveland and what we’re doing here – both in terminology and schematically, and X’s and O’s, and all that. I’m fortunate that’s the case."
The 27-year-old out of Stanford was added by the Seahawks after they waived tight end Kellen Winslow. Moore caught 34 passes for 324 yards and four touchdowns in 2011.
The Seattle Seahawks parted ways with 2011 fourth round pick Kris Durham on Friday, but was picked up by the Detroit Lions' practice squad on Sunday, according to a report from the Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett.
A 6-foot-5, 216-pound wide receiver spent most of the 2011 season on the injured reserve list, but caught three passes in three games for the Seahawks during the preseason. He and Lions QB Matt Stafford went to the University of Georgia together and work out during the offseason when they are home during the summer.
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Moore, a veteran entering his fifth year in the NFL after going undrafted out of Stanford in the 2008 NFL Draft, was released by the Browns in final cuts on Friday. Prior to the release, Moore had spent three seasons with the team, appearing in 33 games and starting eight of them. He caught 62 career receptions with the team for 804 yards and five touchdowns.
Danny Kelly of SB Nation's Seahawks blog, Field Gulls, attributes the move to replace Winslow with Moore as one intended to not only save money but provide Seattle with a younger and possibly more athletic tight end:
Evidently, the Seahawks see Moore as a better value, as Winslow was due $3.3 million this year - a number that was set to escalate steeply next year - and the former Brown is a younger and possibly more athletic option.
His departure means Seattle currently has two tight ends on the roster ahead of the season-opener against the Arizona Cardinals. The news comes is a bit of a surprise, as the Seahawks trimmed their roster down to the NFL-mandated 53 players yesterday. ESPN's Adam Schefter broke the news:
Seahawks waived TE Kellen Winslow, per league source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 1, 2012
Winslow came to the Seahawks during the offseason from the Tampa Bay Bucanneers in exchange for a conditional draft pick. The physically gifted tight end has a reputation for being a problem in the locker room.
His on-field play has not been an issue. He caught 75 passes for 763 yards in 2011 and is one of the more productive pass-catching tight ends in the NFL.
It took a while for the Seattle Seahawks to announce all the players they cut before the 6 p.m. PT deadline to reduce rosters to 53-men.
Perhaps most surprisingly, the Seahawks cut quarterback Josh Portis - meaning the team will only head into the season with rookie starter Russell Wilson and backup Matt Flynn. Much of the Seahawks preseason has been about the quarterback competition, and when Wilson was picked as the starter, the team quickly traded other backup Tarvaris Jackson.
The Seahawks also waived 2012 fifth round pick Korey Toomer. The linebacker out of Idaho was considered a very raw, yet very athletic package that the team hoped to mold into something during the preseason training camp.
The following players were flat out waived: Phillip Adams, Pierre Allen, Allen Bradford, Deon Butler, Kris Durham, Paul Fanaika, Rishaw Johnson, Jermaine Kearse, Kyle Knox, Cordarro Law, Ricardo Lockette, Sean McGrath, Kris O'Dowd, Josh Portis, DeShawn Shead, and Lavasier Tuinei.
Cooper Helfet and Vai Taua were waived due to injuries. James Carpenter has been placed on the active roster PUP list, which possibly means he is closer to returning than previously thought. Matt McCoy was placed on the injured reserve. Walter Thurmond was placed on the PUP list, while Pep Levingson was waived after reaching an injury settlement.
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Toomer was a raw athlete out of Idaho University when the Seahawks drafted him this year and was expected to be a project in training camp. Many publications didn't have the linebacker even coming off of any draft board, but the Seahawks were watching Toomer during the dog days of draft workouts and were one of the few teams to offer him a private workout.
Although official word hasn't leaked out, according to Allen Bradford's Twitter account, the linebacker looks like he was shown the door as well.
Feel like they told me I wasn't good enough added— Allen Bradford (@AllenBradford21) August 31, 2012
#Fuel2MyFire & I thank u
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The fourth-year receiver and former third-round pick survived the coaching change from Jim Mora to Pete Carroll but faced tough competition from Doug Baldwin and Charly Martin. The receiving corps got even more crowded when the team signed Braylon Edwards and Terrell Owens, although Owens would later be cut.
The Penn State product had a career year in 2010 when he hauled in 36 receptions for 385 yards. Butler's 2011 campaign was cut short by a gruesome leg injury that kept him on the sidelines for the final 11 games of the season. Butler was in the last year of his contract.
Martin is reported to be safe by Seattle Times beat reporter Danny 'O Neill.
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Durham, a 2011 fourth-round draft pick out of Georgia, spent most of his rookie year on injured reserve with a shoulder injury and only had three receptions on the season. O'Neil also reported that it "appears" Durham is still banged up as well and could miss up to two or three weeks.
Durham has always had durability issues but he still remains an interesting deep threat option with his 6'6" frame and above-average straight-line speed. Yet without much college production despite playing across from A.J. Green, it's highly questionable if any other teams will actually be interested in claiming him off the waivers.
Durham joins defensive lineman E.J. Wilson as the second fourth-round pick to be cut by Pete Carroll in his first two seasons as coach.
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