Arizona Cardinals Reportedly Close to Signing Offensive Tackle Eric Winston
According to Pro Football Talk's Michael David Smith, a league source told Mike Florio that the Arizona Cardinals are working out a deal to bring in offensive tackle free agent Eric Winston. The report goes on to say a deal could be completed within the next 24 hours. You can read the report here.
Head coach Bruce Arians has repeatedly voiced his support of the current offensive line since coming to the Cardinals. After a very strong second half of the 2012 season, it seemed like the new coaching staff was confident moving forward. So much for having faith with the current line.
If the Cardinals do sign Winston, they will be bringing in a proven right tackle who started all 16 games for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2012. Winston has spent seven years in the NFL, starting 103 of the 108 games he has played. He played seven years with the Houston Texans and one season in Kansas City.
Although he has no Pro Bowl nods to his credit, Winston has been a solid lineman throughout his career. The addition should be an immediate upgrade to Arizona's line.
The acquisition would most likely mean a demotion for second-year tackle Bobby Massie, who showed marked improvement and finished strong last season—despite an awful first half. Winston will most likely be joining a starting offensive line consisting of Levi Brown, Lyle Sendlein, Daryn Colledge and rookie Jonathan Cooper.
This should be a move most Cardinal fans can get behind. The offensive line has been a significant weak point of the franchise over the past several years. It's nice to see the organization react and make moves to help fix the problem.
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