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.

Tags: Brandon Albert Eric Winston Kansas City Chiefs Scott Pioli

  • Joel Wagler

    This is the first move by the new regime I just don’t get. Winston may have had a slight down turn in performance compared to his time in Houston but tackles don’t grow on trees. He was affordable and better than a lot of RT in the league. This baffling for me…

    • http://puckettspond.com/ Wally Fish

      Joel – I’m 100% on board with this move. I think slight downturn is being overly generous on your part in grading what Winston was. I don’t think it will be all that difficult for Dorsey/Reid to upgrade Winston’s spot both in terms of talent, production and cost. I also have little doubt they have a plan as they are moving quickly and decisively up and down the roster right now.

      • Joel Wagler

        Why can’t we ever agree…? Lol.

  • Bill Jones

    He can open his mouth and jump to conclusions elsewhere. Don’t assume you know the KC fans and don’t start telling the media that Albert can’t move positions. Focus on your game and what you can control. Good riddance. This guy was the early stages of a cancer.

    • Chiefs1964

      You are spot on here. This guy had a loud voice for only being here one year. Makes me wonder if that’s why Houston dumped him. As far as Albert’s comments, looks to me like the tail trying to wag the dog. Last I heard he was getting paid and getting paid well.

    • superman_25_58

      Listen this whole Winston running his mouth shit is old and tiring. The man was sticking up for his damn teammate, when some fans were cheering bc Cassel got hurt! Don’t care what anyone says their were fans that were cheering for that reason. Those certain fans are ridiculous, and a bunch of morons. I would of done the same thing if I was in his position. I thought we needed team players and leaders like this in the locker room?

      • Ben Nielsen

        I think people would have respected it more if Tamba Hali, Derrick Johnson, or Jamaal Charles had said it instead of Winston. It wasn’t his place to address the fans like that. You have to build up a report with teammates, fans, coaches, etc. before saying stuff like that.

  • Ron White

    Interesting edit on his tweet. Purposely left the “I would not” off?

    • Ben Nielsen

      It’s what he wrote. No editing.

      • Ron White

        No it is not…..I have seen the complete tweet and you left out the first part…..Here it is in full….

        Just wanted to confirm that I have been released. Even though it was an incredibly tough year on and off the field last year, I wouldn’t Trade the relationships I made in KC and the overall experience I had for anything. It was an honor to be a Chief …

        • Ben Nielsen

          I embedded the tweet from his timeline. Any perceived edits are because of the coding not because of my editorial decisions.