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Seahawks releasing Eric Winston

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The Seahawks are releasing one of the NFL’s most notable right tackles of recent seasons.

The club is parting ways with Eric Winston, PFT’s Mike Florio reported on Saturday.

The Seahawks signed Winston in July to compete for their right tackle job, a position that has been won by rookie Justin Britt.

The 30-year-old Winston has made 119 regular season starts at right tackle. He was a 16-game starter for Arizona in 2013. Before that, he had stints with Houston (2006-2011) and Kansas City (2012). It’s possible Winston could draw interest from clubs looking for experienced help on the right side.

Winston is the president of the NFL Players Association.

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50 Responses to “Seahawks releasing Eric Winston”
  1. ndgarretjax says: Aug 30, 2014 1:37 PM

    This guy just isnt catching a break.

  2. shutmdownd says: Aug 30, 2014 1:38 PM

    he’s a NFL lineman who has made millions, he’s doing o.k. ……..

  3. seatownballers says: Aug 30, 2014 1:39 PM

    No need for him. Looks like we’re saving all our money for Russ

  4. Heretopissuoff says: Aug 30, 2014 1:40 PM

    IM BACK
    Anyways how is he a leader but can’t stay on a team
    Khalil Mack> Clowney and Barr

  5. boltdaddy says: Aug 30, 2014 1:41 PM

    Chargers call him he is a major upgrade over UCLA FA Mike Harris who is a liability.

  6. racerx1225 says: Aug 30, 2014 1:42 PM

    He and Brisiel left Houston and Schaub and Houston fell apart, I dont get it.

  7. corvusmaximus says: Aug 30, 2014 1:44 PM

    Baltimore… maybe?

  8. slipperpimp says: Aug 30, 2014 1:44 PM

    I thought he had a decent chance of catching on here in Seattle. Britt has been excellent, but I thought the Hawks might want to keep some experience around at the position in case he faltered. Guess it really speaks to the confidence they have in Britt based on what they’ve seen thus far. I’m sure Winston will be a pick up for another team in short order, he’s still a capable vet at RT.

  9. jeffcor7 says: Aug 30, 2014 1:46 PM

    Welcome to Charlotte, Mr. Winston.

  10. RegisHawk says: Aug 30, 2014 1:47 PM

    Or the Bucs
    Or the Dolphins

  11. elclavero says: Aug 30, 2014 1:49 PM

    I heard he snitched about the contact in practice and got Seattle busted for violating players association contract…is this true?

  12. rmcnulty234 says: Aug 30, 2014 1:51 PM

    Redskins

  13. mrwalterisgod says: Aug 30, 2014 1:51 PM

    For whoever hasn’t seen it… youtube the video of Kam Chancellor absolutely destroying him… it’s epic. Arizona game last year.

  14. tealrevival says: Aug 30, 2014 1:54 PM

    Get him jags

  15. theycallmeyango says: Aug 30, 2014 1:55 PM

    If they were gonna cut him they should of done it a week or two ago to give him a better chance at hooking on elsewhere. Low class move cutting a vet this late

  16. dennisatunity says: Aug 30, 2014 1:55 PM

    Winston is the president of the NFL Players Association. I assume he turned the Seahawks in on their practice violations (because the violations occurred in June but nobody aid any attention until Winston arrived.). He just cost Pete Carroll $100,000 and the team $200,000. We desperately need offensive line depth and he is pretty good, but we can’t exactly be surprised he got cut.

    Good luck to him on landing with any other team.

  17. sportsfan18 says: Aug 30, 2014 1:56 PM

    Eric,

    Lovie Smith on lines 1, 2 and 3 for you…

    The Bucs offensive line is a mess.

    Yes, they got Logan Mankins and he’ll help a lot.

    Getting Winston would further help them.

  18. braven4evr says: Aug 30, 2014 1:56 PM

    @elclavero

    he wasn’t with the team when the violations occurred.

  19. miamatt says: Aug 30, 2014 1:58 PM

    While Miami is set with rookie Ja’wuan James at RT, Winston could provide valuable depth. Should Brandon Albert miss any games, James could slide over to LT and Winston could start at RT. Or, of course, Winston could fill in for James if needed for any reason.

  20. arcuesta730 says: Aug 30, 2014 1:58 PM

    DENVER certainly needs depth at RT……come on down!

  21. oreo51 says: Aug 30, 2014 2:03 PM

    Winston was not on the Seahawks in June when the OTA violation occurred. As for his release, the Hawks want to stay young forever. They like the developmental guys they have like Garry Gilliam who will now make the team as a swing tackle.

  22. onbucky96 says: Aug 30, 2014 2:04 PM

    Welcome to Green Bay…

  23. Commenting off the bench for the Chargers. . . says: Aug 30, 2014 2:06 PM

    SD should give him a look. Definitely need experience on the right side. Fluker is good, but he needs to be spelled at times or he gets beat by edge rushers.

  24. slipperpimp says: Aug 30, 2014 2:10 PM

    elclavero says:
    Aug 30, 2014 1:49 PM
    I heard he snitched about the contact in practice and got Seattle busted for violating players association contract…is this true?
    ====================================
    I don’t believe he was even with the Hawks at that point in time. Also, reports are that the investigation wasn’t spurred by a report from a player, but rather by the fact that the fight got publicized in the media, which led to the NFL requesting the tapes of the practice and concluding that the Hawks had gone beyond what was allowable in the CBA.

  25. arrowdead says: Aug 30, 2014 2:14 PM

    if he hadn’t (wrongly) called out KC fans for cheering Cassel’s injury (they didn’t), he could come back to KC cause they need oline depth. Does Dorsey care about that? Maybe maybe not….

  26. mtheparrothead says: Aug 30, 2014 2:14 PM

    Ride that Seattle wave right to j ville!!

  27. eselv73 says: Aug 30, 2014 2:15 PM

    I have the Carolina Panthers on the phone.

  28. NFLisnotreality says: Aug 30, 2014 2:20 PM

    If he indeed did squeal, on the Hawks about contact. Who’s going to want a rat on their team?

  29. seahawkboymike says: Aug 30, 2014 2:20 PM

    If he clears waivers he’ll probably be resigned after week 1. That way his salary won’t be guaranteed.

    In other news Tarvaris Jackson still sucks.

  30. garyridgway says: Aug 30, 2014 2:21 PM

    Goody. Now I don’t have to root for him anymore.

  31. razzlejag says: Aug 30, 2014 2:24 PM

    He’ll be a Jaguar by sundown.

  32. tsmarriner says: Aug 30, 2014 2:31 PM

    Sign him atlanta, SIGN HIM!

  33. dcstinks says: Aug 30, 2014 2:36 PM

    Welcome to Philadelphia

  34. nowillrepeat says: Aug 30, 2014 2:38 PM

    Were gonna take the ball, and were gonna score!

  35. bassplucker says: Aug 30, 2014 2:51 PM

    You ever notice how the players in leadership of the NFLPA always seem to have trouble staying employed? Just sayin…

  36. thebirdofprey2 says: Aug 30, 2014 2:54 PM

    Britt really impressed me after a shaky start and looks like other Hawk fans are digging him too.

    Gilliam came out of nowhere and looked to be the back up LT. Alvin Bailey looks solid and can play from extra TE- G when lined up.

    Winston didn’t look bad in any games I was watching but youth wins with Pete and John. Go Hawks!

  37. The Steelers are Marching and the world cowers. The three rivers were made from your tears and we build boats. We build lots of boats. We walk beside pristine trophy cases and engraved gold. They say it's lonely at the top, but we sure like the view. says: Aug 30, 2014 3:03 PM

    We was the snitch. Snitches don’t last in Seattle. Actually kind of surprised he’s still alive. He probably refused “treatment” as well.

  38. dbdcrewmatt says: Aug 30, 2014 3:05 PM

    Come on Colts, what are you waiting for? Make the call!

  39. skinsfaninphilly says: Aug 30, 2014 3:43 PM

    Sign him up skins!!

  40. mrsryansfamoustoejam says: Aug 30, 2014 3:54 PM

    It’s 100% sickening that Seattle cut him!

  41. pantherfan40 says: Aug 30, 2014 4:04 PM

    Pick him up gettleman

  42. achillesofwooters says: Aug 30, 2014 4:10 PM

    Winston didn’t rat on Seattle. He wasn’t even with the team at the time. The huge media blowup over the fight caused the league to request the tapes for that specific date. He didn’t make the team because although he played well, there are younger, more versatile OL players vying for the same backup position. Carroll likes two things above all others: youth & versatility. Winston had neither.

  43. adoombray says: Aug 30, 2014 5:16 PM

    the NFLPA continues to elect dudes who suck at football. how are they supposed to be taken seriously as leaders if they aren’t good at the sport that the men they lead play

  44. kingleo14 says: Aug 30, 2014 8:05 PM

    Jags REALLY NEEDS TO MAKE THAT CALL!!!!

  45. flyeaglesfly13 says: Aug 30, 2014 10:03 PM

    Apparently being the president of the players association isn’t a good thing to have on your resume.

  46. krehbieo14 says: Aug 30, 2014 11:55 PM

    Maybe Arizona will want him back for depth. He knows the playbook and also is up to speed on Seattle’s offensive schemes!

  47. usdcoyotesfan says: Aug 31, 2014 2:51 AM

    Trade him for someone with clean urine. And lots of it.

  48. gpenpilot says: Aug 31, 2014 3:32 AM

    I love the Bucs fans who think every Caucasian free agent availible is a “baller”.

    The Bucs, and Lovie are not desperate for tackles, especially a right tackle.

    And Winston isn’t even as good as Incognito not to mention the interior is still the biggest “weakness” if you can call it that. Omameh is an unknown but Mankins and Dietrich Smith are good players still

  49. uplate5301 says: Aug 31, 2014 12:49 PM

    I’ll bet the Niners pick him up. They’re already light on O-Linemen.

  50. jaysjaysallday says: Sep 2, 2014 7:13 AM

    He’s going back to the cardinals. They need the depth and he knows their offense.

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