The Kansas City Chiefs have officially parted ways with offensive tackle Eric Winston after just one season. Winston first announced the move on Twitter on Wednesday before the team confirmed it Thursday.
“Just wanted to confirm that I have been released,” he posted to his personal account. “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. It was an honor to be a Chief and I wish them nothing but the best in the future…. On to the next adventure!”
Though he didn’t log the best season of his career, Winston was able to start all 16 games. 15 of those contests were at right tackle and the other was at right guard. He was a consistent factor on an offensive line that helped Jamaal Charles pick up 1,509 yards despite the lack of an NFL-caliber quarterback.
Winston will most be remembered for publicly calling out the fans at Arrowhead Stadium for cheering QB Matt Cassel’s concussion.
On his way out the door, Winston didn’t sound like he was bitter towards the Chiefs. He appreciated being released so early in the offseason and even predicted what new GM John Dorsey will do with the first overall pick.
“I’m not putting words in their mouth but I’m just assuming with the way the draft is shaping up and then deciding they wanted to hold onto Branden Albert that it looks like they’ll probably end up taking a tackle,” Winston told 610 Sports in Kansas City. “And you’re not going to pay three guys a bunch of money.”