The Kansas City Chiefs have thrown a curve ball into free agency by releasing starting offensive Eric Winston. Winston was their starting right tackle, and will immediately become one of the top free agent tackles on the market. He graded out as the 26th-best OT (+13.2) by Pro football Focus.
Winston was due to earn a base salary of $4.9 million in 2013. He signed with the Chiefs after being cut last year by the Texans.
The interesting thing to see will be what the Chiefs do with tackle Branden Albert, who was one of the league’s better tackles in 2012, but was franchised this offseason. Expect to see Albert and Joeckel as the Chiefs’ starting offensive tackles when the 2013 season opens.