Every NFL team looking to upgrade their offensive line got great news on Monday when the Houston Texans surprisingly parted ways with right tackle Eric Winston.
The six-year veteran was cut after starting all 16 games in 2011, helping lead the Texans to the AFC South division title. He has started every game for Houston the last five years and 87 overall as one of the most durable lineman in the league.
With the Kansas City Chiefs needing to upgrade from the black hole that was Barry Richardson on the right side last season, many have believed GM Scott Pioli would use the team’s first round draft pick to fill that spot. Now with Winston on the market — and armed with an enormous amount of cap space — Kansas City has a chance to open things up on draft day by adding him to the play opposite Branden Albert.
Much like the rest of the moves staring at the Chiefs the last few years, they will need to be willing to open up the checkbook. Winston immediately became the top right tackle on the market and is going to have teams lining up for his services.
So we must ask the question once again (yes, it’s getting old): is Clark Hunt going to spend money in free agency?
If there was ever a time for a franchise worried about risk to spend money, it’s right now on Winston.