Eric Winston Signs with Kansas City Chiefs: Deal, Analysis and Grade

Bill Robbins@bill_kc28Correspondent IMarch 17, 2012

New Chief Eric Winston should help bolster the right side of KC's O-line in 2012.
New Chief Eric Winston should help bolster the right side of KC's O-line in 2012.Bob Levey/Getty Images

The Kansas City Chiefs made arguably their biggest signing this offseason when they inked free-agent RT Eric Winston to a deal on Saturday.

According to Mike Florio of Profootballtalk, the Chiefs and Winston agreed to a four year, $22 million deal.

It was a brilliant contract for KC, considering that they got one of the best RTs in the league for a more than reasonable price

Winston was a member of the Houston Texans for the past six seasons, as he made 87 total starts during that time frame.

The former third-round pick out of Miami is one of the most underrated tackles in the league, as he did his part to keep Texans quarterbacks clean and helped to pave the way for two 1,000-yard rushers for Houston in 2011.

Right tackle was easily the Chiefs' worst position along the line last year, as veteran Barry Richardson graded out as one of the worst players at his spot in the entire league.

By adding the Pro Bowl-caliber Winston, Kansas City has made a major upgrade at RT. He is solid in pass protection, but his strength is in run blocking, as he excels in getting to the second level of a defense.

Overall, this was a huge signing for the Chiefs, as they were able to grab the top available offensive tackle in this year's free-agent class.

Not only did they improve their offensive line drastically, but they also filled a major hole on their roster for next season and beyond.

Another reason why this was such a great move by KC was because it gives them more options for their first-round pick in the NFL draft next month.

After landing Winston, it won't be necessary for the Chiefs to take a tackle with the 11th overall pick, which will allow them to address another area of need.

There's no question in my mind that this signing deserves the highest grade possible.

Grade: A