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Winston would be the perfect fit for Washington at right tackle.
Eric Winston is probably the best fit for the Redskins out of anyone on this list.
He’s got great size for a right tackle at 6’6”, 305 pounds and has experience in the same zone-blocking scheme that Shanahan runs.
On paper, these parties are a great fit, but somehow there haven’t been much (if any) known talks between them. This is most likely because he’s a bit too pricey for the team at this point.
According to Pro Football Focus (subscription required), Winston was the 26th best tackle in the NFL last year and is surely one of the better blockers in the NFL, which means he deserves good money.
While he wouldn’t be getting a bank-breaking contract from the Redskins this time around, the situation is certainly favorable for him.
Winston is someone who is at the midpoint of his career and is looking for the success that has escaped him his whole career. He was cut by the Houston Texans before their recent playoff success and last year was on a miserable Kansas City Chiefs team.
Washington experienced a major turn in culture last season, winning their division for the first time in ages. They’re certainly on the come up, and that’s something that Winston has to like. Protecting one of the best young quarterbacks in the NFL in RG3 and blocking for the steamroller Morris has got to sound fun for a veteran guy like Winston.
While the Redskins have had no expressed interest in the veteran lineman, there’s no way he isn’t on their radar. If his price lowers, then they must consider signing him.
Right now, their right tackle situation is pretty messy. Incumbent starter Tyler Polumbus is pretty bad, and slated backups Tony Pashos and Jeremy Trueblood aren’t leaps and bounds better. In fact, rookie Xavier Nixon might be Washington’s best bet as of now, but that’s not something they can or should bank on.
Winston has to decide which he cares more about—the number of wins his team gets or the number of zeroes on his paycheck. If he would be willing to sign a one-year contract with the Redskins, they could re-work his deal next year when they have more cap room so he could have both a good team and a few more zeroes.
There’s no chance the Redskins front office and coaches see Trueblood, Polumbus or Pashos as long-term answers at the position, so I say cut them and make room for Winston.
Any money that they can free up is good, but they would be taking a risk if they release those three players and Winston doesn’t end up signing.
It would certainly take some wheeling and dealing on Washington’s end, but this could happen.