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Former NFL Star Pleads Guilty, To Serve 14 Years In Jail

Former Miami tight end Kellen Winslow II attempts to break a tackle.

GAINESVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 7: Wide receiver Kellen Winslow II #81 of the University of Miami drags safety Guss Scott #9 of the University of Florida for extra yardage during the NCAA football game on September 7, 2002 at Florida Field in Gainesville, Florida. Miami defeated Florida 41-16. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Former NFL tight end Kellen Winslow has made headlines the past few years for disturbing reasons, facing rape and sexual battery charges. On Friday, there was a major update on his case and what's next for the former first-round pick.

Winslow has accepted a new plea deal that will keep him in jail for 14 years. This sentence is due to sex crimes against five different women.

According to multiple reports, Winslow accepted this deal so he could avoid the maximum sentence of 18 years in prison.

In 2019, Winslow was convicted of raping a homeless woman. Additionally, the Miami product pleaded guilty to raping an unconscious teenager in 2003 and to a sexual battery charge in 2018.

San Diego County Deputy District Attorney Dan Owens spoke to USA Todayabout the sentence, saying "Ultimately, we think this was the most appropriate sentence for Mr. Winslow’s conduct, taking those other things into account."

Winslow, who was selected by the Cleveland Browns with the sixth overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft, spent a decade in the pros. He finished his career with 469 receptions for 5,236 yards and 25 touchdowns.

There were some delays in Winslow's sentencing due to the pandemic, but that was obviously taken care of this week.

Winslow will be officially sentenced on March 3.