October 14, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tackle Eric Winston (74) against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 38-10. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs Release Eric Winston

Pro Football Talk is reporting and Danny Parkins is confirming that the Kansas City Chiefs are releasing right tackle Eric Winston. Winston was set to earn $4.9 million this season, the second year of a four-year, $22 million deal.

The big acquisition of the 2012 offseason, Winston proved a disappointment on and off the field.Winston was supposed to be the anchor on the right side of the line to upgrade a position that was previously held by Barry Richardson, who graded as the worst right tackle in the NFL in 2011. Instead, he became a liability in the passing game and was not as effective in the run game as he had previously been with the Houston Texans.

Oct 28, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; A Kansas City Chiefs fan holds up a sign for Eric Winston (not shown) before the game with the Oakland Raiders at Arrowhead Stadium. Oakland won the game 26-16. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

He quickly earned the ire of Chiefs fans when he accused Chiefs fans of cheering an injury to Matt Cassel, calling the incident “sickening.” The rant became so famous KCTV 5 made a commercial about it featuring Winston.

Winston’s release means the five key free agent acquisitions made by Scott Pioli last season – Winston, Peyton Hillis, Brady Quinn, Kevin Boss, and Stanford Routt – are no longer with the team.

The release also means the Luke Joeckel‘s chances of being drafted first overall by the Chiefs just increased.

This was not an anticipated move, as explained by currently franchise tagged Branden Albert on twitter.

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