The Kansas City Chiefs took care of their biggest need on Saturday by coming to terms with free agent OT Eric Winston on a four-year deal. Winston had been a free agent less than a week, having been released by the Houston Texans Monday.
Winston was one of the best right tackles in the NFL during his time with the Texans while starting every game for Houston last season and 87 overall. He helped lead the way for RB Arian Foster and will now get a chance to do the same for another explosive back in Jamaal Charles.
The Chiefs have been notoriously cheap in free agency, but reeling in the most in demand offensive tackle on the market is a good way to start the process of removing that “penny pincher” label.
Landing Winston also opens things up for the Chiefs in April’s NFL Draft. It was assumed Kansas City would have to select a tackle in the first round considering the right side of the line was one of the worst positions for the team over the last few seasons. Pioli has never drafted a true offensive tackle during his time in Kansas City and now it looks like that isn’t going to change this year.
Going from Barry Richardson to Winston will be the single biggest upgrade any team will make at a position all offseason.