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Kellen Winslow, New York Jets strike contract

Kellen Winslow and the New York Jets were a marriage that made too much sense not to happen. On Friday, it happened.

The New York Jets signed Winslow to a one-year contract, the team announced. Winslow had a three-day tryout with the team earlier this week. Financial terms were not disclosed. It previously was reported that the Jets were likely to sign Winslow.

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Jets coach Rex Ryan commented this week that Winslow's receiving ability was still sharp. Larger questions remain about his knees, but he's at least healthy enough to survive football in shorts season.

Winslow was productive as recently as 2011, but he was so ineffective in his time with the Seattle Seahawks last training camp that he didn't make the team. After appearing in only one game with the New England Patriots, it appeared that Winslow's eight-year career could be over. He's always been a tough player, but countless knee surgeries seemed to catch up to him. But the Jets' pressing need at the position and his desire to keep playing led to this move.

Winslow and Jeff Cumberland aren't exactly an answer to the Patriots' Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, but at least this signing adds a name to the mix that quarterback Mark Sanchez should recognize.

Follow Gregg Rosenthal on Twitter @greggrosenthal.

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