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NFLPA president gets another NFL gig

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It took a while, but veteran tackle Eric Winston finally has a new gig.  In addition to being the president of the NFL Players Association.

Winston, per a league source, has signed a one-year deal with the Seahawks.

The move keeps Winston in the NFC West.  Last year, he started all 16 games with the Cardinals.

Winston actually has started all 16 games in every NFL season since 2007.  After appearing in 12 games with seven starts as a Texans rookie in 2006, Winston hasn’t missed a game or a start in seven seasons, five in Houston, one in Kansas City, and one in Arizona.

Earlier this year, Winston became the new president of the NFLPA, despite concerns that players who occupy the position don’t get much play from NFL teams.  It’s likely an unrealistic complaint, given that the NFL typically doesn’t shy away from members of the Executive Committee or Board of Player Representatives.

Seattle lost starting right tackle Breno Giacomini to the Jets in free agency.  By getting to camp early, Winston has a chance to continue that streak of starts.

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18 Responses to “NFLPA president gets another NFL gig”
  1. kuranda84 says: Jul 29, 2014 10:33 AM

    I was saying we should have signed him back when the Texans released him! He has sucked the last couple years in a power blocking scheme, but did great in the zone blocking scheme.

    I think this is a very good signing – hopefully Britt is fully capable to take over next year if not this year.

  2. chawkup says: Jul 29, 2014 10:40 AM

    Welcome to the greatest franchise in professional sports, Eric!

  3. wtfchiefs says: Jul 29, 2014 10:41 AM

    Just wait until he publicly rips the 12th man for booing after he gets his QB injured because he cant block . That will be interesting.

  4. nrd1990 says: Jul 29, 2014 10:46 AM

    Solid signing. Got some good depth and a solid guy to help give Britt and Bowie the “vet” presence.

  5. dennisatunity says: Jul 29, 2014 11:00 AM

    I am glad we are finally starting to shore up the depth of the offensive line. We have 2 All Pro players on it, and some guys that might be good, but man have we needed depth.

  6. joefelicelli says: Jul 29, 2014 11:07 AM

    Winston is a solid player who knows his job, and does it as well as can be expected. On the right side, he can be a real asset in the run and pass game. Seattle would be well-served to start him from week 1.

  7. pnwl4a says: Jul 29, 2014 11:27 AM

    Smart & Solid 1yr pick up Seattle… nicely done

  8. azjohnny says: Jul 29, 2014 11:28 AM

    Agree with the comment the ZBS is a better match for him

  9. garyridgway says: Jul 29, 2014 11:39 AM

    Lol now I’m forced to root for this guy. Fml

  10. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 29, 2014 11:55 AM

    The dude is smart, has an outstanding football IQ, and is a mountain of a man.

    I miss him here in Houston…. the right side of our line has been garbage since he left….

  11. beastmode5150 says: Jul 29, 2014 12:25 PM

    He has only blocked for Potted Plant QB’s, so he “Seems” to not be a good pass blocker. He is a great run blocker, better than Breno statistically per PFF, and now that he has a mobile QB, he’ll appear to have his best year, as sacks allowed should go down.

  12. jdrewsy says: Jul 29, 2014 12:35 PM

    In this off season of lists, I am happy to pass on that of all NFLPA Presidents, Eric is #1! Go Hawks!

  13. badguy711 says: Jul 29, 2014 1:08 PM

    Considering all comments get screened, how do these posters continue to get away with comments that have absolutely nothing to do with the topic?

    And on topic, another strong veteran depth signing after Thomas yesterday. John Schneider is using his cap space wisely this year.

  14. kamthechancellor says: Jul 29, 2014 1:15 PM

    Please let Britt be better than this guy. Kam crumpled him in the first AZ game last year. And if you aren’t good enough for the Cards offensive line, how good are you?

  15. juliusanonymous says: Jul 29, 2014 1:16 PM

    Totally confused by the random Jets post. Almost as non-sequitur as the Vikings posts. Neither team has ever been a Seahawk rival as long as I can remember.

    About the signing: great move. Can’t argue with more bodies for the OL. That was a major spot of concern for us last year. It’s crazy when you think about how well Russell Wilson played while being chased on every down last season. Imagine what he’d look like with an NFL-caliber OL. Just SICK!!! Can’t wait to get this season started!

    Go Hawks!

  16. dennisatunity says: Jul 29, 2014 1:22 PM

    I think this signing is about depth and experience–perhaps even some leadership for that offensive line.

  17. dontaco says: Jul 29, 2014 3:58 PM

    The real question is why does he keep gettin let go by teams

  18. jjackwagon says: Jul 30, 2014 11:54 AM

    Cassel averaged 3.5 turnovers per game with this dude blocking. Enjoy.

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