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Kellen Winslow Jr. signed by Jets after impressive minicamp

Former Cleveland Browns tight end Kellen Winslow laughs

Former Cleveland Browns tight end Kellen Winslow laughs with teammates after a practice at the team's football training camp. (July 24, 2008) Photo Credit: AP

A minicamp tryout with the Jets has turned into a one-year contract for veteran tight end Kellen Winslow Jr.

The Jets invited Winslow last Saturday to this week's three-day minicamp, and he looked good enough to earn a one-year deal.

Winslow, drafted sixth overall by the Browns in 2004, has 438 career receptions with the Browns, Buccaneers and Patriots. He played only one game with the Patriots last year before asking for his release, but he was not signed for the remainder of the season.

Winslow, 29, seemed quite comfortable in the minicamp, running well over the middle and quickly developing a chemistry with quarterbacks Mark Sanchez and rookie Geno Smith.

Jets coach Rex Ryan was impressed with Winslow's ability.

"That athleticism and his ability to catch the football, it certainly jumps out," Ryan said on Thursday. "I just see the kind of presence he has . . . He's still a very athletic guy."

Winslow said earlier in the week that he felt good about his chances to play this season.

"I have years left [in the NFL]," he said. "My last year was 2011, I caught 75 balls . I've been productive. It's just the NFL -- that's how it goes sometimes. You get cut, you get traded and you can't do anything about it. It's out of my control."

Winslow was traded from Cleveland to Tampa in 2009 and was released by the Bucs after the 2011 season.