- Tom Carpenter, Fantasy and Insider
The Kansas City Chiefs' decision to cut ties with right tackle Eric Winston may have been a bit unexpected, but the flip side of that is that he should have little trouble landing in a good spot as one of the better O-line free agents on the market. There hasn't been much in the way of solid rumors connecting Winston to any specific teams, even though he is allowed to talk to teams this weekend during the open window for unrestricted free agents.
NFL Networks' Albert Breer tweeted Friday that "3 teams are in on" Winston. It remains unclear exactly which teams those may be, but ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter pegged some franchises as good matches for Winston in his weekend mailbag:
"There should be interest in Winston ... especially with all of the teams that have offensive line questions in this league. If I were the Cowboys, Dolphins, Bears, Cardinals or Eagles, I would see if I could get Winston at well below what it would cost to get a premium right tackle such as Phil Loadholt or Andre Smith on the free-agent market. The other thing to keep in mind is that this draft is loaded at tackle. Plenty of teams will find plenty of help. So the question teams will ask is: Are they better off going with an unproven cheaper rookie tackle or someone like Winston? Two years ago he was one of the league's top tackles; last season, not so much. But there will be a tackle-needy team on which Winston will be an asset."