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Kellen Winslow Jr. gets tryout with Jets

The Jets, trying to address their worrisome tight end situation, have reached into the not-too-distant past for a big name -- Kellen Winslow Jr.

Winslow, 29 and attempting to restart his once-promising career, will attend next week's minicamp on a tryout basis. He tweeted the news Saturday afternoon, and it was confirmed by ESPN Insider Adam Schefter.

The three-day minicamp begins Tuesday.

This is a nothing-to-lose move by the Jets -- a look-see at a player who once had incredible talent. Winslow was a first-round pick of the Browns in 2004, but injuries and attitude landed him in the doghouse.

He was traded to the Buccaneers in 2009 and received the biggest tight end contract in history -- six years, $36 million. He had three solid seasons for the Bucs but was dealt to the Seahawks in 2011.

New Jets GM John Idzik was a member of the Seattle front office. Winslow's stay there was brief -- cut before the season began -- and a comeback attempt last year with the Patriots was aborted after one game. He asked for his release, and it was granted.

Now Winslow is desperate. So are the Jets. Perfect marriage.