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.
Trade the relationships I made in KC and the overall experience I had for anything. It was an honor to be a Chief … tmi.me/MSlvJ
— Eric Winston (@ericwinston) March 7, 2013
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.
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.
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.
— Branden Albert (@Balbert76) March 7, 2013