Looks like Kellen Winslow Jr. will not be returning to Seattle.
James Walker of ESPN reports that according to a source, Winslow has agreed to a one-year deal with the New England Patriots, and is in town today to sign the deal.
Winslow will give New England depth at the tight end position, with Aaron Hernandez suffering an ankle injury that will have him out a few weeks
Winslow visited the Patriots to weeks ago. It was initially reported that he failed a physical with New England, but ESPN’s Adam Shefter disputed that report.
A surprise release by Seattle during final roster cuts over what appeared to be an unwillingness to take a pay cut, Seattle head coach Pete Carroll never closed the door on Winslow returning.
However, the Seahawks seem content so far with a Evan Moore, who’s younger and has a similar skill set to Winslow.
Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel pens this feature on Russell Wilson, talking with receiver Doug Baldwin and Carroll about how the rookie quarterback seized control of the position. “The quarterback position is such a highly touted position that everybody looks to that person as the leader of the team,” Baldwin said. “They look to that person in times of adversity to lead the team in the right direction. He’s done that in the short amount of time he’s been here and he’s doing a fantastic job of it.”
Wilson is a nominee for NFL rookie of the week. You can vote for him here.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com takes a look back at Sunday’s Cowboys game. What he liked – better pass protection, less penalties and the rise of the NFC West. What needs work – First half offense, third down defense and the pass rush.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times writes that the performance of tight end Anthony McCoy stood out on Sunday.
Will Brinson of CBS Sports notes that NFC West teams performed well in Week 2.
Pete Prisco of CBS Sports has seen the light. He moves Seattle up 11 spots to No. 11 in his power rankings.
ESPN’s Ashley Fox writes that the replacement officials’ performance in the Broncos-Falcons game sunk to a new low in Week 2, and the league faces a credibility issue if they don’t get a deal done with the regular officials soon. Fox: “It all was ugly and embarrassing for the league and commissioner Roger Goodell, whose stated mission since becoming commissioner has been to protect the league’s image and value player safety. He has done such strong work in both areas, paying close attention to personal conduct, player safety and concussion awareness. It means something to him. Which is why what transpired inside the Georgia Dome was so unfortunate. It sullied the shield. Officials looked weak and lost. Players looked overly aggressive. Broncos coach John Fox looked like a whiner.”