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Kellen Winslow asks for and receives release from Patriots

Tight end Kellen Winslow was granted his release from the New England Patriots on Thursday.

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Kellen Winslow has asked for and was granted his release from the New England Patriots on Thursday, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Last week, the Patriots signed the former Pro Bowl tight end to a one-year deal, as they were looking for a fill-in for the injured Aaron Hernandez.

Winslow participated in two practices and suited up for the Patriots Sunday night, playing just four offensive snaps in a 31-30 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Winslow was not present during Tuesday's practice and did not speak to reporters.

According to Football Outsiders' Brian McIntyre, Winslow earned $48,529 in his brief time in New England.

The release is Winslow's second in less than a month. On Sept. 1, the Seattle Seahawks cut the former Miami Hurricane because he didn't want to take a salary cut. The Seahawks acquired Winslow in a spring trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a team for which he tallied 75 receptions, 763 receiving yards and two touchdowns last season.

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