Naturally, a lot of teams will be salivating over a guy who gave up just three sacks last season in Kansas City and was rated by Pro Football Focus as the second-best run-blocking right tackle in the league while with Houston in 2011.
In fact, the drooling can begin right away. Winston's advantage over fellow right tackles Andre Smith, Phil Loadholt, Gosder Cherilus and Sebastian Vollmer is that he hits the market before it opens.
Everyone in the NFC East should take interest in Winston (or any of the four aforementioned offensive tackles), but only one can realistically afford him.
What the Eagles might appreciate most about Winston is his durability. He'll turn 30 this upcoming season, but he hasn't missed a game since he became a full-time starter in 2007. This is a team that lost 60 percent of its starting offensive line to season-ending injuries in 2012, so some stability is certainly desired.
Should the Eagles sign Eric Winston?
In Todd Herremans, the Eagles actually have the best right tackle in the division, but that shouldn't be a factor because Herremans is also able to play guard. Assuming Jason Peters and Jason Kelce can get/remain healthy, adding a guy like Winston would give them a chance to move Herremans back inside, sending the disappointing Danny Watkins to the bench and shoring up the line as a whole.
Think of Winston as a replacement for Watkins, not Herremans.
This is purely speculative, but Winston would likely cost the Eagles at least $4 million per year and $10 million guaranteed. That's not back-breaking for a team that has over $30 million in cap space.
We keep hearing that Michael Vick will be a dead man walking with all the contact coming his way in Chip Kelly's offense. The best way to prevent Vick and others from going down is to cough up the cash and make a move like this.