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Former Browns Number One Pick Winslow, Jr. Arrested

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Charged with burglary

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In 2004, tight end Kellen Winslow, Jr. out of the University of Miami was the Browns number one draft pick. On Thursday, he was arrested for first-degree burglary, which is a felony.

The arrest, as reported by NBC San Diego, allegedly occurred in Encinitas, California. According to the arrest report, Winslow, Jr. was riding in his SUV and then stopped by local law enforcement who identified him as a suspect in a mobile home burglary in a nearby trailer park.

According to the arrest report, a neighbor of one of the mobile homes approached a man who had gone inside her elderly neighbor’s home. After a short conversation about looking for his dog, the shirtless man got into his black Hummer and then drove away. The neighbor then called the San Diego County Sheriff’s office who dispatched a unit. Winslow, Jr. was then a positive ID and subsequently booked into the Vista Detention Facility where he was being held on a $50,000 bond. He later bonded out and has a court appearance on Monday.

Winslow, Jr. was a highly-touted offensive threat coming out of college where he was a unanimous All-American and had captured the John Mackey Award for college football’s best tight end. His first two seasons in Cleveland was a wash as he broke his right fibula his rookie year and then had a motorcycle wreck that eliminated his entire sophomore season. He rebounded with his best season in 2007 where he gained 1,106 yards on 82 receptions, five TDs and made the Pro Bowl. The following year he dipped to 43 catches for 428 yards and a mere three TDs.

He was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a second and fifth-round draft pick and then signed a six-year $36 million contract. He led the Bucs in receiving for three seasons. Even though he was productive, the club felt his salary did not match his production and then was traded again, this time to the Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks attempted to sign him for less money and when he declined, he was waived a week before the 2012 opening game. The New England Patriots picked him, but after one game he was released. The New York Jets signed him the following year, however, after playing in three games he was suspended for four-game for violating the league’s PED program and later released after he was arrested for possession of synthetic marijuana.

After sitting out two seasons, he had a workout with the Green Bay Packers but was not signed. He later played in the developmental Spring League in 2017 and was invited back to the 2018 Spring League, but did not play. Winslow, Jr. is the son of legendary NFL tight end Kellen Winslow who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1995.