Chiefs release Eric Winston

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When Chiefs right tackle Eric Winston recently lamented the looming departure of quarterback Matt Cassel, we suggested that Winston could still suffer the same fate.

And now he is.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Chiefs are releasing Winston.  He’ll hit the free agent market immediately, a few days before it opens.

Winston was due to earn a base salary of $4.9 million in 2013, along with $500,000 in per-game roster bonuses and a $100,000 workout bonus.  He signed with the Chiefs after being cut last year by the Texans.

Because he received an $4 million signing bonus, the acceleration results in a $3 million million cap charge.  That’s still $2.5 million lower than it would have been if Winston had stayed — and also $5.5 million cheaper.

With a $4 million signing bonus and a $900,000 salary in 2012, Winston earned $4.9 million in one year with the Chiefs.

The move gives the Chiefs the flexibility to take Luke Joeckel with the first pick in the 2013 draft, and then to move Joeckel or Branden Albert to the right side.

47 responses to “Chiefs release Eric Winston

  1. Didn’t see this one coming. Didn’t see this coming last year either from the Texans! Who needs a good OT? Umm, like everyone? He will find work quicker than Rob Ryan

  2. I don’t think Albert’s going to be very willing to give up his spot. And it’s not convenient to use the #1 pick on somebody that you plan on instituting an immediate position change. The Chiefs need to invent an interesting wrench to throw into the mix.

  3. Mr. Reid and Mr. Dorsey are shrewdly making the right moves to build a dynasty team.
    They have a future All Pro at QB now who will thrive in Mr. Reids offense.
    They are setting themselves up to dominate the AFC for a decade.

    Every team will soon be trying to emulate the Chiefs Way.
    Every fan will be jealous of the Chiefs Nation.
    Every owner will idolize the Chiefs organization.
    Every coach will fear going to Arrowhead.
    Every Philly fan will be sick with regret for being so shallow and not standing with the Genius

  4. he was a solid run blocker. but he did take plays off / lack of effort when he got frustrated

  5. Good move, Winston bleeds at the mouth way too much. Too much talkin’ and not enough blockin’

  6. Sign Winston to be RT. Jonathan Martin is LT. Sign Wallace. Draft the best pass rusher on the board. Done and Done

  7. See ya non-gladiator.. Miss some blocks, get your qb hurt and call out another fan base you over rated tool. We might be worse off without you (we’re picking #1 overall to ha) but every fan that didn’t boo, all 73k of us, are happy to see you go. Later!

  8. Andy Reid almost always drafts a lineman in Rd 1. Draft your future LT, have him play RT in yr 1 then move ’em over next year. Improves your line, justifying franchising Bowe and trading for Alex Smith.

  9. I have been saying since Reid was hired, Joeckel was the pick. Way to jump on board now. Andy’s first move in Philly wasn’t a qb, it was getting Runyan. The d line and o line is how he builds his teams. He has them on the right track. It is a shame that he wasn’t able to properly reset button here. The moves he is making all look great.

  10. There’s ur right tackle Jerry!!! Cut Free BUM ASS & sign Winston to a two year deal..I know he played on the left side but a player like him will adjust real quick…

  11. Ah…they just signed Bowe to a 5 year deal…no franchise.

    Seems like Andy Reid got a brain transplant. Lots of stupid moves in Philly…like signing Vick for a 100 mil…now becoming a lot smarter in KC.

  12. I will always remember Winston as the guy that got his rear end handed to him in a game in which his QB got smashed all day and after the game deflected the blame to the people in the seats.

  13. It’s funny how a lot of fans make fun of the Chiefs, but always want their players.

  14. Ireland,
    Don’t be a wuss, get him in Miami and move Martin to left tackle. This is the year. You could have got him last year. Now you get more value – kind of like letting someone else pay for the first year of the new car – now we get the better deal.

  15. I think its more likely they draft the NT Lotuleilei with the first pick then go for Fluker with the first pick in the 2nd round. Quality nose tackles are harder to get than RT’s or even LT’s.

  16. the business end doesn’t always justify talent to $$$

    IMO – this was the classy way to let a vet find work earlier than later.

  17. KC fans, Andy is now your coach because he drafted badly – e.g. Watkins, Graham. If he thinks Joeckel is the ONE, then the joke is on you. Johnny Football made him look good. Bet on Eric Fisher having the All-Pro career.

  18. Good. Bring him back to Houston. That was a stupid move by the Texans last year.

  19. Now it’s official, Cheifs are drafting Luke Joeckel to play Left Tackle, and moving Brandon Albert to Right Tackle who they just signed a contract for.

  20. Oprah Winston is a Raiders quality player and the Black stool would be perfect for him.

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