The Patriots appear stubborn in their attempt to make their offense a tight end heavy operation in 2012.


New England signed free agent tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. to a one-year deal yesterday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Winslow, a former collegiate star at Miami, was drafted by the Browns in 2004 and most recently played a full season with Tampa Bay before being cut by Seattle last month.


He caught 75 passes for 763 yards and a pair of touchdowns last year for Tampa Bay. Winslow’s best NFL season came in 2007 with Cleveland when he caught 82 balls for 1,106 yards while scoring five touchdowns.


Winslow gained a small level of pop culture fame while in college for this “I’m a f – in soldier!” rant: