Kansas City Chiefs Surprisingly Release T Eric Winston

Farzin VousoughianContributor IIIMarch 6, 2013

October 14, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tackle Eric Winston (74) against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 38-10. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
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The Kansas City Chiefs have been very active within the last seven days. Wednesday evening, it is reported by multiple sources, including Mike Florio of NBC Sports, that Chiefs general manager John Dorsey has released offensive tackle Eric Winston.

Although Winston was signed by previous general manager Scott Pioli, the release comes off as a surprise due to Winston signing a four-year deal with Kansas City last offseason.

Winston is ranked third among all right tackles Matt Miller's B/R 1,000 list.

In his only season with the Chiefs, Winston committed eight penalties and allowed six sacks. He was also the center of attention during at one point during the 2012 season when Winston went off on fans who cheered Matt Cassel's injury.

As for possible replacements, the Chiefs could go after Jake Long and see if he or Branden Albert can play right tackle, leaving the other to play left tackle. The Miami Dolphins did not tag Long and the Chiefs put the franchise tag on Albert earlier this week.

At this rate, fans are anxiously waiting if Dorsey will do anything with Cassel.