The Kansas City Chiefs informed veteran RT Eric Winston that he would be released yesterday in a move that freed up over $6 million on their cap, but also opened up a big hole on the right side. That hole will almost certainly be filled by Luke Joeckel or Eric FIsher, which is probably why the Chiefs opted to move on from Winston.
Les Bowen is reporting that the Eagles were among the first teams to reach out to his agent Drew Rosenhaus in the wake of the news.
"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," Winston tweeted. "It was an honor to be a Chief and I wish them nothing but the best in the future.... On to the next adventure!"
The 6-7, 302 lb Winston has started 96 straight games and played exclusively in run first offenses in Houston and Kansas City. Given Chip Kelly's run first philosophy, the 29 year old Winston would figure to be a good fit. He'd also bring some needed vocal veteran leadership to a team that really had none last season.
If the Eagles are actually interested (which at this point in the process is VERY suspect) and if they sign him, Winston would presumably slot in at RT with Todd Herremans going to guard. If you get Jason Peters back on the left next to Evan Mathis and Jason Kelce is back in the middle... you've got yourself the makings of a potentially very good line.
In that scenario, it would appear like Danny Watkins would be the odd man out. But like I said, the silly season is really underway, so this all could be Drew Rosenhaus just trying to drum up interest. Actually, I don't believe Winston's release is even official yet, which would technically mean teams can't even talk to him yet.