Chiefs release RT Eric Winston
"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," Eric Winston announced on Tiwtter. "It was an honor to be a Chief and I wish them nothing but the best in the future.... On to the next adventure!"
After earning $9.3 million last season, Eric Winston was due to male $4.9 million in base salary during 2013, while an $8.4 million signing bonus from last year’s contract brought up his cap hit to $6.3 million.
The move gives the Kansas City Chiefs the flexibility to draft Texas A&M tackle Luke Joeckel with the first overall pick, and then move him r Branden Albert to right tackle. But Branden Albert, who was caught bu surprise with Eric Winston’s release strongly, opposed that proposition.
Eric Winston was brought over to Kansas City after being released by the Houston Texans last year. The Kansas City Chiefs signed Eric Winston to a four-year $22 million contract, as a free agent last March.
In his lone year in Kansas City, Eric Winston played all 16 games, while starting 15 at right tackle and one at right guard since Jon Asamoah was sidelined with an injury. Overall, Eric Winston played well last season, ranking as the 26th best offensive tackle in the league, according to Pro Football Focus, while helping in blocking for running back Jamaal Charles so that he finished at the top of the AFC with 1,509 rushing yards. However, the Kansas City Chiefs till ranked 24th on total offense and finished the worst in the league in terms of scoring.
Still, Eric Winston made headlines last season due to his criticism of the home fans who cheered against a frustrating Matt Cassell, after the quarterback sustained a concussion and retired to the locker room in an early December game against the Baltimore Ravens.
The 29-year-old Eric Winston previously played six seasons for the Houston Texans, after being selected in the third round out of the University of Miami in the 2006 draft. Eric Houston started 87 games for the Houston Texans, while for three 1,000-yard rushers. However, he was released by the Houston Texans at the end of the 2011 season.