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Winston gets $22 million over four years

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The Chiefs have a new right tackle.  And their new right tackle has a new contract.  (He also has a name.  It’s Eric Winston.)

And we have a league source who knows what the contract is worth.  And here’s the part where we tell you what it’s worth.

Four years, $22 million.

The specific details will come later, and we’ll break it all down then.  For the Chiefs, it’s a relatively inexpensive investment in a quality player who can help shore up a position of need.

The Texans cut Winston on Tuesday.  He drew interest from several teams.

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25 Responses to “Winston gets $22 million over four years”
  1. mthoover says: Mar 17, 2012 9:46 PM

    Wow. 3 days and a very reasonable contract. Nice job, Scott Pioli. Congrats Winston & Chiefs.

  2. tdotsteel says: Mar 17, 2012 9:48 PM

    Great deal for the Chiefs

  3. biggestloser79 says: Mar 17, 2012 9:56 PM

    Dumb move by the Texans but congrats to him and the Chiefs, they are getting a solid player

  4. mofopro58 says: Mar 17, 2012 9:58 PM

    holy crap the steal of the FA class!

  5. jeffz303 says: Mar 17, 2012 10:01 PM

    Too bad Cassel is the starting qb for KC, because the rest of their team is starting to become pretty stacked. They’re like a new Lamborghini with a Honda Civic engine.

  6. mjkelly77 says: Mar 17, 2012 10:01 PM

    I wish the Lions could have signed him.

  7. thekingdave says: Mar 17, 2012 10:09 PM

    While Winston is a solid player, the notion that he’s an elite all around player is incorrect.

  8. blacknole08 says: Mar 17, 2012 10:20 PM

    Texans were dumb to let him go. The Chiefs should have the best ground game in the NFL this year

  9. mrbigass says: Mar 17, 2012 10:21 PM

    A quaility person for sure and above average tackle. If there was any knock on him would be pass protection as he did get beat more than you’d like. If not for the cap hell in Houston he’d still be there……

  10. borisbulldog says: Mar 17, 2012 10:48 PM

    Sadly KC fans will find out the only success coming from the Belichick coaching tree is Belichick himself!

    See Mangini, Eric-Daniels, Josh-Weis, Charlie- Crennel, Romeo!

  11. vols84 says: Mar 17, 2012 10:55 PM

    Winston is going to be huge for this offense.

  12. jharmon64 says: Mar 17, 2012 10:57 PM

    The Chiefs are getting serious. Some great signings coupled with the return of their injured starters from last year will make a solid team that should be a favorite to win the division.

  13. firedup1 says: Mar 17, 2012 11:06 PM

    Nice move. Pioli is piecing things together very nicely.

  14. rezdawg says: Mar 17, 2012 11:27 PM

    Look, as a Texans fan, I’d prefer to have him than not have him…but he was maybe the 4th best OL on the team. He got beat and he’d get called for plenty of holding penalties. He’s a good player, and much better than anything the Chiefs had, but the Texans have adequate depth on the line…Butler will fill in nicely. Any notion that the Texans are stupid here is silly…Obviously Jacoby Jones was more valuable to the Texans than Winston…Jacoby freakin Jones.

  15. bennprince says: Mar 17, 2012 11:37 PM

    Penalty machine that can’t pass block. Will be good on running plays but a big time liability on 3rd down.

  16. TylerHills says: Mar 18, 2012 12:12 AM

    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. RT has been an issue since the 2004 season. It should be a pretty good o-line for this season and really years to come. Winston is the oldest one at 28 years old.

    LT – Branden Albert
    LG – Ryan Lilja (maybe David DeCastro?)
    C – Rodney Hudson
    RG – John Asamoah
    RT – Eric Winston

  17. mrclearview says: Mar 18, 2012 1:12 AM

    Major upgrade from Barry Richardson. It’s also nice that we didn’t have to break the bank to sign an instant starter at RT. I like what we’re doing so far Pioli, keep it coming!! Go Chiefs!!

  18. dtlb58 says: Mar 18, 2012 4:20 AM

    Per Stats inc.
    Winston had 7 penalties last season or 0.43 per game.
    And he allowed 7.5 sacks or 0.46 per game.

    I would not call either one of those a “machine” nor a
    “liability”.

    If you have a QB that knows how to read defenses, go through his progressions and get rid of the ball in a timley manner, there wouldn’t be a problem. Issue is, Cassel dosen’t on all 3 accounts.

  19. dtlb58 says: Mar 18, 2012 4:27 AM

    borisbulldog: You seem to forget BB hasn’t won a SB since Romeo left. Pioli won Top executive in the NFL in 201o with the Chiefs and the Pats STILL can’t beat the G-Men in a SB. Coughlin and BB on staff with Parcels so I guess we see you came away with more leadership skills there.

  20. davper7 says: Mar 18, 2012 4:35 AM

    Good team leader. NFLPA rep. Active in the local community. KC is getting a great guy.
    But the Texans fans know he peaked two years ago. Dont be fooled by his age – he’s not in his prime. (I wonder how much $ guaranteed he is getting?) Change of scenery, and being the focal point of a running game may add a few good years.
    Similar to the Texans in 2006, he’s part of the “anything’s better than what we got” rebuilding process. So he should be solid in that context. If KC comes back – which never seems impossible in the AFC West, Chiefs fans will likely be able to point to this move.

  21. vols84 says: Mar 18, 2012 8:13 AM

    Yeah yeah, Texans. We hear you that Winston peaked and was the 4th best OL.
    We heard similar posts from the Saints when we signed Willie Roaf. Winston is no Willie Roaf but he is going to be better than what the Chiefs have had at RT. He will fill in the weak link on the line.

  22. tx526 says: Mar 18, 2012 10:00 AM

    Per Stats inc.
    Winston had 7 penalties last season or 0.43 per game.
    And he allowed 7.5 sacks or 0.46 per game.

    I would not call either one of those a “machine” nor a
    “liability”.

    If you have a QB that knows how to read defenses, go through his progressions and get rid of the ball in a timley manner, there wouldn’t be a problem. Issue is, Cassel dosen’t on all 3 accounts.

    Numbers on pass protection are a little skewed from last year since we lost Schaub and we had a 5th round rookie handing the ball off on almost every play. Even when we threw it ,it was to a RB or TE. Short routes in which didnt take long to develop. He’s a great guy. Loved his weekly radio show, but he was the only OL that I didn’t mind losing. His sacks always seem to come at the worse times. Great for the community and great person. Stud in the zone run blocking scheme.

  23. kcsump says: Mar 18, 2012 10:09 AM

    Now Poili, go after LB Stephen Tulloch and this would be a great free agent year for KC.

  24. sullijo1 says: Mar 18, 2012 10:14 AM

    Who?

  25. lightning2fst says: Mar 19, 2012 11:28 AM

    Winston is massively over rated and his new contract is for less money than his old one.

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