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Eric Winston thinks it’s “a weird year” to be a free agent


Eric Winston is one of the best offensive tackles available in free agency, but that doesn’t mean he has teams beating down his door with big-money offers.

In fact, Winston acknowledged on NFL AM that he’s one of the many players finding this offseason a bit frustrating.

“I’m just kind of looking for the right fit right now, so hopefully that presents itself sooner than later,” Winston said. “I’m eager to get to a team and start the offseason process, but it’s been a weird market. It’s been a weird year for everybody, I think, in free agency. So now it’s just a matter of trying to find the right fit and find a home.”

Winston said there is some mutual interest with the Dolphins, but he didn’t seem to think anything is imminent in Miami. Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News reported that the Eagles have some interest, and Winston has visited the Chargers, but it doesn’t sound like any team is planning to offer anything close to the contract he signed with Kansas City a year ago.

Winston is one of the many free agents finding this offseason that enormous contracts just aren’t on the table.

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52 Responses to “Eric Winston thinks it’s “a weird year” to be a free agent”
  1. hehateme2 says: Mar 28, 2013 9:22 AM

    Lower your asking price and come back to Miami where you belong.

  2. macwomack says: Mar 28, 2013 9:24 AM

    NFLPA needs to think long and hard what they did to their members by signing off on that unholy agreement to punish teams for treating the uncapped year as uncapped.

    This guy would be happily employed – and likely overpaid – by the Redskins right now — another victim of Mara and the NFLPA.

  3. butterstone84 says: Mar 28, 2013 9:26 AM

    “im looking for the right fit” = No one has offered me what i think im worth.

  4. bobbinski1229 says: Mar 28, 2013 9:27 AM

    Maybe it’s because the Redskins and Cowboys don’t have any money to spend? They could both use upgrades on the O-line and are lacking in the funds department…. And yes this is coming from a Redskins fan….

  5. isphet71 says: Mar 28, 2013 9:27 AM

    I bet the NFLPA is already compiling documents and arguments to sue the NFL owners for collusion to keep free agent pricing down this offseason.

  6. vaughnorange says: Mar 28, 2013 9:28 AM

    Winston and his agent are over-valuing him.

  7. eaglesbest says: Mar 28, 2013 9:30 AM

    Wouldn’t mind seeing him with the eagles. I agree that he definitely needs to lower his asking price but the Eagles have over $26 million in cap space.

  8. catfanatic1979v1 says: Mar 28, 2013 9:33 AM

    The top end of wages in the NFL need to come down. I’m not real sad that some of these guys aren’t getting overpaid. The entire pay pool needs to readjust itself downward.

  9. jdubkc says: Mar 28, 2013 9:35 AM

    I hear the Edmonton Eskimos are looking for a tackle. From my understanding they don’t hire Gladiators so he would tip toe right into the proper position. Let the hate begin…

  10. mungman69 says: Mar 28, 2013 9:35 AM

    Do the Eagles want an older free agent? Winston should get a better elsewhere.

  11. germanstingray says: Mar 28, 2013 9:35 AM

    It’s 100% sickening what has happened to Eric Winston in free agency.

  12. clarencewhorley says: Mar 28, 2013 9:35 AM

    I think it might be time for Eric to become a guard and not a RT. He has been cut 2x in 12 months, might be a message.

  13. bobbyd12 says: Mar 28, 2013 9:35 AM

    The Dolphins want you, you want to play for the Dolphins. Once you realize you are not getting an overblown contract this year from any team the sooner you will be in aqua and orange.

  14. jbaxt says: Mar 28, 2013 9:39 AM

    So people just don’t like guys with big mouths. KC fans hated this guy, Dorsey recognized that, and more importantly recognized that this guy let more guys get to the QB and just sucks as pass protection. Total liability! I find it funny because KC needs a T and they let him walk, that alone shows how horrible he is.

  15. ajb3313 says: Mar 28, 2013 9:42 AM

    This is good news for the Dolphins (and really, any team with genuine interest in him). His price tag is dropping by the day.

  16. brandonj21 says: Mar 28, 2013 9:47 AM

    The Texans have $4.9 mil left. Use it on Seymour or a part of it on Winston. The last time Foster could rush to the right side was when we had Eric.

  17. FinFan68 says: Mar 28, 2013 9:48 AM

    Take the hint. Lower your asking price and or contract length demands and you will have a job.

  18. jcus says: Mar 28, 2013 9:50 AM

    Come back to the Texans Eric!

  19. riverhorsey says: Mar 28, 2013 9:53 AM

    Winston is a v good tackle and a team guy, he’ll be fine.

  20. raiderlyfe510 says: Mar 28, 2013 9:54 AM

    Draft picks are much more economical than Free Agents and come to your team with less baggage.

  21. leggett17 says: Mar 28, 2013 9:57 AM

    The guy is a Whiney bitch. No wonder he goes from team to team.

  22. ccjcsr says: Mar 28, 2013 9:58 AM

    Translation- “a weird year” = No money in Free Agnecy!

  23. leggett17 says: Mar 28, 2013 9:58 AM

    Also, nice beer gut and farmers tan meathead.

  24. bigdinla says: Mar 28, 2013 10:00 AM

    Dallas should cut Free and sign Winston. I bet 3 years for 10 with 5 guaranteed gets it done.

  25. joetoronto says: Mar 28, 2013 10:01 AM

    It’s weird when even the Chiefs don’t want you.

  26. kash71 says: Mar 28, 2013 10:02 AM

    The NFLPA really screwed up on this last CBA.

  27. myeaglescantwin says: Mar 28, 2013 10:08 AM

    This guy is big , and durable.
    There must be some reason no one is dropping market price on a 6’7 310lb 29 year old tackle.

    I would have to think, skills or attitude are the reason he isnt signed.,,

  28. slickster35 says: Mar 28, 2013 10:18 AM

    D’uh, he can’t block pass rushers.

    You people make it harder than it really is.

  29. therealpittbull says: Mar 28, 2013 10:23 AM

    There is no owner collusion going on. Quarterbacks and a low salary cap, have left teams with tight decisions, not only for this season, but structuring for the future. The veteran free agents are used to making certain amounts, but the amounts have changed, and they are first to go through this cycle. Future FA’s will experience a better evaluation of their “worth”, due to having low rookie salaries to begin with. In a production based business, I see NOTHING wrong with old, leas productive players, making less. Lower the asking price, and go make millions….I wonder how many of us would jump at the opportunity.

  30. mdagnew1 says: Mar 28, 2013 10:31 AM

    He’d have a ring if he didn’t turn down Baltimore last offseason.

  31. seriousbizz says: Mar 28, 2013 10:40 AM

    NFLPA had no leverage; fans calling the players greedy (while not turning on owners), owners claiming they were losing money… they pretty much had to take what was given them.

  32. thapurrinlion says: Mar 28, 2013 10:41 AM

    I think teams are finally realizing it is stupid to pay top 5 money to someone who isn’t a top 5 player at the position. Teams have wasted way too much money on veterans who have proven to be starters and nothing more. Now that draft picks aren’t getting rediculous money too it’s worth going with the younger guy hoping to unearth something special.

  33. flaccotoboldin says: Mar 28, 2013 10:44 AM

    The cap penalties were already spread out across the league in the form of addtional cap space. So that is not the issue.

    The issue is that the last CBA was a step back in terms of the ammount of the pie the players got.

    This is supposed to, and WILL be offset by saving on rookie deals and an increase in TV money and other revenues.

    But as long as the Sam Bradfords and Matt Staffords of the world are stuck in INSANE rookie contracts that overpay them, the saving from rookie wage scale won’t be realized by veterans.

    And it won’t be until 2015 that the cap starts to grow again.

    Players would be smart to lower expectations termporarily and try to get into deals that let them be free agents again in 2015 when the party starts again.

  34. Patriot42 says: Mar 28, 2013 10:53 AM

    The way all of the NFL blogs and cable shows have glamorized the Combine by telling us how great these college players are it is obvious why veterans are being pushed aside.

  35. truths4all says: Mar 28, 2013 11:10 AM

    If you lower your price, the Cards would gladly take you. How do you like your chances that the Bruce Arians magic would rub off on you?

  36. everybodyholdsorakpo says: Mar 28, 2013 11:15 AM

    Here is a name to thank for cautious spending. Albert Haynesworth. Ask the skins what crazy mistake that was. Winston you can thank your own lazy, rich, fat commrades for what’s happening this year. You would be the skins right tackle making bank right now if it wasn’t for slugs like AH.

  37. 1oldpro says: Mar 28, 2013 11:24 AM

    Come on Texans’ fans. He had too many penalties and too many sacks. That’s why they released him. Because a guy is a good blogger, doesn’t make him a good blocker! And that’s Schaub back there, not some young escape artist.

  38. peytonsneck18 says: Mar 28, 2013 11:38 AM

    Move over to Guard and take a two mill a year and we’ll take u in Indy

  39. macwomack says: Mar 28, 2013 11:51 AM

    flaccotoboldin says:Mar 28, 2013 10:44 AM

    The cap penalties were already spread out across the league in the form of addtional cap space. So that is not the issue.
    You are correct the cap was spread out – but it wastaken from teams that give money to players and given teams that are traditionally below the cap year in and year out…. thus the total $ going to players in the Union has been lowered by the management of the Union.

    Regardless if the penalties are right or wrong – NFLPA did a disservice to their members – players need to think about that next time they get a chance to vote.

  40. kcstick says: Mar 28, 2013 11:54 AM

    All this guy ever does is bitch and moan.. So glad the chiefs cut this whiney ass

  41. mdev1987 says: Mar 28, 2013 12:33 PM

    Swallow your pride and lower your price. Plenty of better tackles in the draft

  42. baddegg says: Mar 28, 2013 12:39 PM

    Now we know why the owners slapped the Redskins and Cowboys. The NFLPA was stupid to go along with it. They basically have said, “Sure collude to keep our salaries down!”


  43. delsj says: Mar 28, 2013 12:43 PM

    I had to go back to the top and see who wrote this. I knew it wasn’t Florio since it’s about a free agent not getting big money and the word collusion was not mentioned.

  44. capslockkey says: Mar 28, 2013 12:55 PM

    Great run blocker, but struggles in pass protection. The guy was a false start waiting to happen on passing downs.

  45. krob1102 says: Mar 28, 2013 12:56 PM

    I agree with kcstick, all he did was act like he was the spoke person for the chiefs. When they released him there was a song saying bye bye.

  46. mjkelly77 says: Mar 28, 2013 1:10 PM

    kash71 says:Mar 28, 2013 10:02 AM

    The NFLPA really screwed up on this last CBA.

    Not the NFLPA. maurice smith. He sold out the players and shouldn’t have a job.

  47. realfootballfan says: Mar 28, 2013 1:31 PM

    Why? Because owners came to their senses during a bad free agency year and aren’t losing their minds as usual throwing money at them?

  48. eastcoastniner says: Mar 28, 2013 1:49 PM

    2008 Honda Civic – asking price $30,000.

    Hmmm no one is making me offers…must be a weird market for used cars out there.

  49. raiderredleg says: Mar 28, 2013 2:44 PM

    Luckily Reggie was able to pry Alex Barron off his couch (hilariously in his presser he even said NO ONE was contacting him for a workout) so he didn’t have to take a look at Eric Winston.

    Just imagine if Reggie had brought Eric in for a visit with Carson Palmer there and told CP3 that he could sign Winston if CP3 would adjust his salary.

    Sure CP3 would be a heck of alot more inclinded to take a 3 mil pay cut if the money went to the best RT still on the FA market!

  50. jwcarlson says: Mar 28, 2013 3:45 PM

    This is all pretty darn simple.
    The rookie wage scale is going to continue to help lower contracts prices. Couple that with the fact that the salary cap number is lower than it has been and isn’t really going up, it will help depress. So instead of spending $2-3M more on a guy who is the next teir, teams are going to settle for middle of the pack guys or wait later in FA to start signing because asking prices will drop.

    It’s not a “weird year”… things are starting to correct to the new realities.

    Now if the QB contracts would just get in line.

  51. chilomane says: Mar 28, 2013 4:26 PM

    Dolphins suck

  52. joejacks says: Mar 28, 2013 4:43 PM

    I would like to acknowledge the Steelers’ players for voting down the CBA. (The only team that did so)

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