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Eric Winston is the Chiefs’ new right tackle

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The Kansas City Chiefs announced Saturday that they have signed offensive tackle Eric Winston.

Shoring up a longtime trouble spot in Kansas City, Winston will slot in as Barry Richardson’s replacement at right tackle. Richardson, a free agent, has been a turnstile in pass protection over the past two seasons. Ryan O’Callaghan was Kansas City’s starting right tackle before that, and he wasn’t any good either.

Winston is 28 years old, a terrific athlete for his size, and he hasn’t missed a start since the 2006 season. While transitioning away from Houston’s zone blocking to the Chiefs’ power-based scheme is a slight concern, there’s little doubt that Winston will be a huge upgrade in Kansas City.

The Chiefs are off to a pretty good start during the 2012 free agency period. In Peyton Hillis, Kevin Boss, and Winston, they’ve landed three young, proven, starting-caliber players.

They’ve also signed three members of the PFT Hot 100.

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52 Responses to “Eric Winston is the Chiefs’ new right tackle”
  1. yelix says: Mar 17, 2012 7:07 PM

    If you don’t watch the Chiefs a lot, you have no idea how monumental this is. Even if he’s just decent, this makes the offense so much better.

  2. 8drinkminimum says: Mar 17, 2012 7:11 PM

    Only a matter of time before someone unloads on Ross and Ireland over this signing.

  3. mrslay1 says: Mar 17, 2012 7:11 PM

    Getting Hillis for 3 mil was the best deal in the draft. I was against it at first, but now I wish Peyton would take another look at KC. They may be really trying to win it for once.

  4. physiodoc2be says: Mar 17, 2012 7:11 PM

    Richardson was a sieve last year, but in 2010-2011 he was an above average RT. Winston makes this a better offense. He’ll provide Cassel more time and I think he can get movement at the POA in Daboll’s offense. KC has to upgrade either the center or LG spot and they have to come up with a decent 0 technique on the other side of the ball. Thankfully, most draft prognosticators have a player with a mid-1st round grade available at 11. Here’s to hoping they don’t screw it up.

  5. jfibertkc says: Mar 17, 2012 7:12 PM

    This is big. However, if we don’t take the top guard available with our first round pick I won’t feel the butterflies until I see us in action. But I couldn’t complain about taking Dontari Po with that pick either ( our next biggest need). And I don’t want to hear anything else about our QB needs. Nobody worthwhile is left. We will sign Brady Quinn as an adequate backup and leave it at that.

  6. chiefwhirlingdervish10 says: Mar 17, 2012 7:12 PM

    We wrangled Winston! We want winning! Woooo!

  7. bennprince says: Mar 17, 2012 7:13 PM

    be prepared for lots of penalties and below-average pass protection. he is a good run-blocker though…

  8. ashevillechief says: Mar 17, 2012 7:13 PM

    We needed this signing. Was sick of KC simply bringing in journeymen or UFA’s for the job (still think we should have kept Wade Smith too as a flex guy a couple years back).

  9. cardmagnet says: Mar 17, 2012 7:13 PM

    Peyton Hillis is a proven starting player? I’m pretty sure last season proved to us he only cares about money and can’t replicate his breakout 2010 season.

  10. gbatap says: Mar 17, 2012 7:14 PM

    While transitioning away from Houston’s zone blocking to the Chiefs’ power-based scheme is a slight concern
    ————————-

    Umm, since when have the Chiefs run a power blocking scheme? They’ve run ZBS for a long time now, Daboll hasn’t confirmed any switch and Bicknell comes from a team that runs a como type scheme. Not to mention three of the other four guys they have on the line(at the moment anyway) are more suited for ZBS.

  11. jimmie799 says: Mar 17, 2012 7:15 PM

    This is a HUGE move for the Chiefs! Now we just need to draft a NT and sign a decent #2 QB. Chiefs are looking to be contenders in the AFC next year

  12. kcbaby58 says: Mar 17, 2012 7:16 PM

    Screw the pass happy!! We’ll go run happy! If Peyton goes to CO, were built to keep him off the field! Cassel will be a decent QB with the rush attack and better than average oline!!!! Pioli Has done a mighty fine job!

  13. d2thejr says: Mar 17, 2012 7:16 PM

    I thought I was excited before the start of last season but than things started crashing 2 games into the season with injuries… After the free agent pickups and everyone(Berry, Charles, Moeaki) getting healthy. I have NEVER been this excited for the season to start! I wanted Eric Winston on this team BAD!!!

  14. gonowestmo says: Mar 17, 2012 7:17 PM

    So Matt Cassell will have all kinds of time to
    totally miss the open receiver and underthrow to his checkdown guy. Salad days, people.

  15. vidae1 says: Mar 17, 2012 7:19 PM

    Yeah, this is huge for the Chiefs. That RT spot has been downright awful for years now. Adding Hillis to pair with JC too.. they’re going to be a scary running team again this year.

  16. chief4ever says: Mar 17, 2012 7:21 PM

    Not sure I have heard of this guy but he has to be an upgrade.

  17. matthewcarlson1 says: Mar 17, 2012 7:21 PM

    How did this guy slip under the radar? I didn’t even know he was a free agent because nobody talks about him.

  18. buckifan4life says: Mar 17, 2012 7:23 PM

    Um,…Browns? Are ya gonna even try to protect McCoy??? Unbelievable. Nice pickup for the Chiefs. Cleveland needs to just shut down the franchise. I’m sick of it all….

  19. mthoover says: Mar 17, 2012 7:24 PM

    This was this offseason’s biggest need for this team. They’ve arguably had the best FA class thus far: signing Hillis to a bargain as Jamaal Charles’ change-of-pace, short-yardage, and insurance policy; adding Kevin Boss as the 2nd TE who can block and Tony Meaki’s insurance policy, signing Standford Routt for $4million less per year to replace Brandon Carr before Carr even left; and now signing one of the best RT’s in football to fill their biggest offensive need (aside from QB). They couldn’t get Manning, so they’ve just decided to aggressively stack themselves elsewhere. And they just landed Brady Quinn as their new backup QB. Pretty crazy for the usually conservative Chiefs.

  20. psychoraider904 says: Mar 17, 2012 7:24 PM

    Notice there was no mention of the Routt addition when talking about the new talent. Ouch.

  21. dolfanatik says: Mar 17, 2012 7:32 PM

    Broncos better get #18

  22. gbatap says: Mar 17, 2012 7:35 PM

    Notice there was no mention of the Routt addition when talking about the new talent. Ouch.

    ———–

    Notice how he said “e Chiefs are off to a pretty good start during the 2012 free agency period”? Routt was signed before the free agency period started. Doesn’t count towards this league year.

  23. cuda1234 says: Mar 17, 2012 7:36 PM

    Yet another Miami kid who wants nothing to do with the Dolphins.

  24. txndave says: Mar 17, 2012 7:38 PM

    Winston’s good in run blocking but struggles against the better pass rushers. In the Texans/ falcons game this season he almost got TJ Yates killed..

  25. elvis7671 says: Mar 17, 2012 7:43 PM

    Wow KC is bringing it….I’m impressed look out AFC West

  26. mrclearview says: Mar 17, 2012 7:46 PM

    I’m really liking the off season from the Chiefs so far….quality players, upgrades at every position so far. Looks like we are going to field a good team this year. Go Chiefs!!

  27. maxvain says: Mar 17, 2012 7:46 PM

    How much 5y/30m? Good signing, solid player, very good durability. That run game in KC is gonna be sick!

  28. maxvain says: Mar 17, 2012 7:48 PM

    I find it HILARIOUS that some people above don’t know who this guy is and that he was free agent when HOU cut him!

  29. maxvain says: Mar 17, 2012 7:53 PM

    “@8drinkminimum says: Mar 17, 2012 7:11 PM
    Only a matter of time before someone unloads on Ross and Ireland over this signing.”

    Damn right we can’t land a free agent that matters down here in South FL. Miami the new Buffalo!

  30. ron69 says: Mar 17, 2012 7:58 PM

    Dear Chiefs fans.

    Don’t you forget you’re stuck with Matt Cassell. not like i want to make you feel hopeless or something but i wouldn’t be too excited either.

    Love
    Raider fan

  31. raiderapologist says: Mar 17, 2012 8:09 PM

    RT was the Cheaps’ biggest need besides QB, and Winston was the best available.

  32. 69finfan says: Mar 17, 2012 8:09 PM

    We don’t have any receivers to throw to anyway so we’ll just run it every down. Who needs pass protection.

  33. yelix says: Mar 17, 2012 8:12 PM

    @ron69

    I really like your GM’s strategy. Cutting all of your starters without signing very many guys to replace them and without any quality draft picks. 8-8 two years in a row and not getting any more talented.

    If you aren’t getting better in the NFL, you’re getting worse.

    I love how Raiders fans act like their team hasn’t been an embarrassment to pro football over most of the last decade. At least I can admit that my Chiefs have been mostly irrelevant.

  34. couldntthinkofaname says: Mar 17, 2012 8:19 PM

    Um,…Browns? Are ya gonna even try to protect McCoy??? Unbelievable. Nice pickup for the Chiefs. Cleveland needs to just shut down the franchise. I’m sick of it all….

    ______________________

    Or maybe the front office is trying to get free agents and none of them want to go to Cleveland. Too much turmoil, too many changes, and it’s been an unstable franchise since it came back. It’s not a desirable situation to go to.

  35. kcbaby58 says: Mar 17, 2012 8:20 PM

    Mar 17, 2012, 5:58 PM MDT
    Dear Chiefs fans.

    Don’t you forget you’re stuck with Matt Cassell. not like i want to make you feel hopeless or something but i wouldn’t be too excited either.

    Love
    Raider fan

    Did you not notice the rushing attack we have? Did you not notice the guys responsible for tackling them are now gone from your team! Cassel will do just fine!

  36. anrgydeafman says: Mar 17, 2012 8:41 PM

    (Burns’ voice) Excellent!

    Man, I haven’t smiled this early in offseason in long time…and it’s not even draft time yet!

  37. rbell2123 says: Mar 17, 2012 8:55 PM

    When Houston cut him he stated he wanted to sign with a contending team. Then he signs with K.C. ? Guess money was more important than winning.

  38. raiderapologist says: Mar 17, 2012 9:06 PM

    kcbaby58 says: Mar 17, 2012 8:20 PM

    Did you not notice the rushing attack we have? Did you not notice the guys responsible for tackling them are now gone from your team! Cassel will do just fine!

    Wimbley, Henderson, and Trevor Scott are gone. That’s about it. Your rushing attack is mostly Charles, and when the season starts he will be about one year removed from an ACL tear. And you still have Cassel. It’s too early to dream of ending the playoff drought. Have some patience.

  39. onehstntxn says: Mar 17, 2012 9:06 PM

    Chiefs just signed an above average right tackle and an outstanding person and citizen! Will be missed in Houston!

  40. mmcdan133 says: Mar 17, 2012 9:09 PM

    ron69 says:Mar 17, 2012 7:58 PM

    Dear Chiefs fans.

    Don’t you forget you’re stuck with Matt Cassell. not like i want to make you feel hopeless or something but i wouldn’t be too excited either.

    Love
    Raider fan
    ———————-
    Can someone take the microphone away from the team that traded a 1st and a 2nd for Carson freaking Palmer?

    Are you jealous that we actually have cap space to sign people? Or that when the draft happens, we’ll actually be able to select players? When you throw dirt, you lose ground my friend.

  41. mrslay1 says: Mar 17, 2012 9:29 PM

    You forget the best RB…Hillis! Who will also lead the league in receptions for RB’s.

  42. kcrobert10 says: Mar 17, 2012 9:36 PM

    Well this is shaping up to be a solid offseason. We should be the fav to win the div.

  43. tjjohnson98 says: Mar 17, 2012 9:55 PM

    We haven’t had a RT of this caliber since Jon Tait (been a while). I’m really excited to see what Charles & Hillis can do when they can run left OR right!

  44. kcbaby58 says: Mar 17, 2012 9:59 PM

    @raiderapologist

    You lost 4th and 5th leading tacklers.
    You lost your second in picks man.
    You lost your leader in sacks. All of which you cannot replace. Also I’m sure there are more to come!

  45. thepatriotsaregay says: Mar 17, 2012 9:59 PM

    If/when Quinn beats out Cassel this team might be alright, but with Cassel they’re doomed to suck another day

  46. thepatriotsaregay says: Mar 17, 2012 10:04 PM

    mmcdan133 says:
    Mar 17, 2012 9:09 PM
    ron69 says:Mar 17, 2012 7:58 PM

    Dear Chiefs fans.

    Don’t you forget you’re stuck with Matt Cassell. not like i want to make you feel hopeless or something but i wouldn’t be too excited either.

    Love
    Raider fan
    ———————-
    Can someone take the microphone away from the team that traded a 1st and a 2nd for Carson freaking Palmer?

    Are you jealous that we actually have cap space to sign people? Or that when the draft happens, we’ll actually be able to select players? When you throw dirt, you lose ground my friend.

    —————————————————–
    I’m a Chiefs/Jets fan but I’d have to agree with the Raiders fan here. Cassel is a terrible QB, the Chiefs really need Quinn to step up and realize the potential he had coming out in the draft in 2007

  47. lolb23 says: Mar 17, 2012 10:23 PM

    Winston will be good enough to block his man out long enough for Cassel to get sacked by someone else.

  48. chadinkc30 says: Mar 17, 2012 10:51 PM

    Still have the worst qb in the division! As long as Cassell is the qb, the streak of not winning a playoff game in 19 years will continue! Typical move by KC, just enough of a signing to sell out the stadium, but win…well basically nothing

  49. TylerHills says: Mar 18, 2012 12:07 AM

    I watch every Chiefs came and former KC RT Barry Richardson may have been one of the worse OT i the whole NFL in terms of pass protection, however he was a fairly good run blocker. Just cant protect in space. He will make a decent backup OT for somebody. Would be interesting to see him kick inside to RG, he might be able to develop into a decent starting because playing inside he wouldn’t have to be alone in space like he would at OT. Anyways, I really like the Winston signing. The Chiefs haven’t had a solid RT since Jon Tait. Going back its been Barry Richardson, Ryan O’Callighan, Damion McIntosh, Kyle Turley, Will Svitek, Kevin Sampson, Chris Terry, John Welbourn and Jordan Black. So RT has been an issue since the 2004 season.

  50. raiderapologist says: Mar 18, 2012 11:43 AM

    kcbaby58 says: Mar 17, 2012 9:59 PM

    You lost 4th and 5th leading tacklers.
    You lost your second in picks man.
    You lost your leader in sacks. All of which you cannot replace.

    Oakland’s defense was 30th in points per game last season. 29th in yards per game. 29th in TDs. I’m not real worried about being unable to replace all of that. I hate the Chiefs, but I want them to get better. I don’t ever want to see another 8-8 division winner coming out of the AFC West.

  51. kcbaby58 says: Mar 18, 2012 12:51 PM

    @raiderapologist

    Agreed! It’s pretty embarrassing.

  52. yelix says: Mar 18, 2012 1:00 PM

    @raiderapologist

    First, I want to thank you for being one of the few reasonable and articulate Raiders fans that I’ve seen on PFT.

    Second, I agree. Not only did an 8-8 team win the AFC West, but on paper, they are less talented than the other three. They got lucky in a bunch of games against mediocre teams.

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