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Nothing doing for Eric Winston with Dolphins at present

Colts defensive tackle Guy points at Chiefs tackle Winston, who was called off sides, during their NFL football game in Kansas City AP

When word broke last week that tackle Eric Winston was visiting the Dolphins, it seemed like it would be a pretty good fit.

The Dolphins need a tackle with Jake Long in St. Louis, Winston needs a home after getting cast out by the Chiefs and Winston’s brother already works for the Dolphins franchise. Looks can be deceiving, though, and the two sides haven’t come to an agreement. Drew Rosenhaus, Winston’s agent, says that it isn’t because of a lack of interest on Winston’s side of things.

“Eric would really like to play for the Miami Dolphins. What a terrific fit,” Rosenhaus said on WSVN, via Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post. “It’s a fluid situation. I can’t really get into a lot of the details as far as the Dolphins. I don’t want to speak for them.”

As Volin points out, agents rarely make public statements about their clients’ desire to play for teams that share the same level of interest in a working relationship. If the Dolphins really wanted Winston, there’d likely be a deal done by this point. Whether they are waiting for a better price or interested in others is less clear, but it seems Winston might have to look elsewhere for his next team.

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10 Responses to “Nothing doing for Eric Winston with Dolphins at present”
  1. stevemo says: Mar 25, 2013 10:28 AM

    Ireland has to nut-up and land this guy. Fancy toys don’t mean anything if you don’t have a line, and right tackle is a gaping hole at this point. Winston is a great fit on the right side and could fill in on the left if needed.

    Grab another tackle with one of the 2nd rounders and hope Martin is working his butt off.

  2. jbcommonsense says: Mar 25, 2013 10:31 AM

    There are a lot of tackles on the market, but it seems strange that nobody has signed Winston. He must be asking for too much.

  3. bchapman2011 says: Mar 25, 2013 10:55 AM

    Teams have passed on Winston the last two free agency periods. Kansas City dropped this guy after giving him a big contract last year and yet Miami fans think that it is Ireland’s fault that he is not in a Dolphin uniform yet. Open your eyes Miami fans. There is a reason that this guy has been on the market for two consecutive years.

  4. FinFan68 says: Mar 25, 2013 11:00 AM

    The Dolphins have options already. They could move Jerry to RT which would eliminate the need for Winston. I think it is less about money and more about contract length. Winston wants at least 3 years and I think Ireland would prefer 1 or at max 2 years. I would get Winston and find a guard in the draft which could move Jerry to a utility role for injuries/production issues.

  5. edtolon says: Mar 25, 2013 11:30 AM

    I want players here that want to be here, that goes a long way in terms of effort and desire to win. Winston played all 16 games in 2012 for a weak team and did well himself. Martin is more comfortable at LT and Winston is a RT, makes sence to sign him up! A rookie may take a while to develop, and Tannehill needs time to throw to the stable of receivers we just acquired.

  6. joemontanawasthegreatest says: Mar 25, 2013 12:12 PM

    The salary cap age has changed things for the vets. He is hoping to be paid that 5-6 range I’m sure. Guess what, in todays NFL you can have an All-Pro DE like Dumervill for that price.

    Winston is looking at 3.5-4.5 million per year.

  7. tommynatorii says: Mar 25, 2013 12:28 PM

    This is one thing I like about ireland. he sets a price. He didnt overpay for Matt Flynn or Kyle Orton. Maybe he did for Wallace, only time will tell. But he is being smart. The draft has many OLinemen, and there still some on the market. Why should he rush in and pay Winston’s price?

  8. DonRSD says: Mar 25, 2013 12:29 PM

    Winston probably wants too much aka James Harrison.
    Stop being a Neanderthal and take what is offered.

    You’re not as good as you or your agent think.

    GO BIG BLUE!!!

  9. Deof Movestofca says: Mar 25, 2013 4:11 PM

    I don’t have any problem with Winston (or Long, or Flynn, or…) deciding not to sign a contract with the ‘Phins for less than what he believes he deserves. However, when they turn around and claim that they really, really want to play for Miami and then imply it’s all their fault for not offering as much money as the player thinks he’s worth, I’m not buying it. If his desire was as great as he claims, he would be willing to accept whatever they offered him.

  10. phinsneverwin says: Mar 25, 2013 4:12 PM

    There is no such thing as a “pretty good fit” when it comes to the dolphins. They only thing they can fit correctly are shoes

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