Considering the central role Andy Reid played in the Eagles' slide to a rebuilding team coming off a 4-12 season, it's only fair that Andy should offer them a helping hand, all the way from Kansas City.
Reid's Chiefs Wednesday released right tackle Eric Winston, a big free agent signing a year ago from Houston who didn't get off to a great start in his new home. (Geez, that storyline seems familiar, can't imagine where I might have heard it before.) The move reportedly saves the Chiefs $6.5 million off their salary cap, but more pertinent to Eagles fans, it puts a 29-year-old, 6-7, 302-pound solid OL starter on the market the week before the start of free agency.
Word is, the Eagles were one of the first two teams to reach out to Drew Rosenhaus, who represents Winston, and so many other former Miami Hurricanes. The other team to express immediate interest apparently was the Texans, who drafted Winston in the third round in 2006. He has been incredibly durable, starting every one of the 96 NFL games scheduled since he became a fulltime starter in 2007.
"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," Winston Tweeted Wednesday, after saying he'd been told he was being released. "It was an honor to be a Chief and I wish them nothing but the best in the future.... On to the next adventure!"
Winston was in the spotlight last October when he criticized Chiefs fans for cheering an injury to embattled quarterback Matt Cassel.
Winston was scheduled to make $4.9 million this year. The Eagles are more than $30 million under the 2013 cap, and that figure will grow when they release corner Nnamdi Asomugha within the next several days.
A source close to the situation said several teams had expressed interest by Thursday morning. Rosenhaus is expected to set up an interview tour for Winston.
How much sense would he make for the Eagles? Some. He isn't an all-pro. Given his age, a huge longterm deal would be excessive. But he could sure take some pressure off the early rounds of the upcoming draft.