Eric Winston: Miami Dolphins' Right Tackle in 2013?

Richard Santamaria@RiSantamariaCorrespondent IIMarch 6, 2013

Aug 30, 2012; Green Bay, WI, USA; Kansas City Chiefs offensive tackle Eric Winston (74) during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.  The Packers defeated the Chiefs 24-3.  Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
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The Kansas City Chiefs made Eric Winston a free agent today.  After signing a four-year, $22 million contract last year, Winston was surprisingly cut.

According to Yahoo! Sports, Kansas City will save $5.5 million in cash and $3.5 million in cap space.

The move makes sense if they intend to select Luke Joeckel or Eric Fisher with the top pick in the NFL draft.  Still, someone needs to explain the move to Branden Albert, who refuses to be a right tackle or guard.

Pro Football Focus considers Winston a top right tackle and was baffled when he was released last year by the Houston Texans. 

Well, they're going to be perplexed once more. Is there something we don't know about Winston?

As they say, one man's trash is another's treasure.  Enter the Miami Dolphins.

Winston is connected to South Florida as he was a standout with the Miami Hurricanes from 2002 to 2006.  A reunion with the Dolphins would make sense as Miami is in need of a tackle and Winston is accustomed to a zone-blocking scheme.

Winston's price ($5-6 million) will also be about half of Jake Long's asking price of $11 million.

Can Jonathan Martin find as much success at being an NFL left tackle as he did when he played the same position at Stanford?  If Martin is ready for the transition then Winston would be an admirable addition on the right side of Miami's offensive line.

How does Eric Winston and Jared Cook for the price of Jake Long sound?