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There is an asterisk attached to the surprising release of long-time Houston Texans right tackle Eric Winston.
A source told FOXSports.com that Winston was listed under the "waived/failed physical" designation by the Texans when cut. Winston, though, told FOXSports.com that the billing stems from his having undergone arthroscopic ankle surgery in February.
In a text message, Winston said he will be medically cleared in two weeks. Winston also said he would be fully healed by now had he undergone the minor procedure in January.
At that time, Winston had no idea he wouldn't be playing for the Texans in 2012. He had started every game for the past five seasons and was considered one of the league's better right tackles. But with a $5.5 million base salary for 2012 and the Texans having salary-cap issues, Winston became expendable.
Winston was en route to South Florida on Tuesday night for a visit with the Miami Dolphins. Winston played at the University of Miami and his brother Matt is a Dolphins college scout.
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One of the NFL's hottest offensive line commodities is set to make his second stop on a free-agency tour.
After meeting with the Miami Dolphins on Wednesday, a source told FOXSports.com that Eric Winston is heading to Kansas City for a Thursday meeting with the Chiefs.
St. Louis and Baltimore also have shown strong interest, the source said.
Winston is the most attractive...
In a surprising pre-free agency move, the Texans released veteran right tackle Eric Winston Monday. Winston has started every Texans game since 2007.
The team has not commented on the move and when reached by text, Winston indicated to FOXSportsHouston.com that he was tying up loose ends and he would discuss the matter at a later time.
According to published figures Winston'...
Home to one of the top-tier offensive lines in the league, the cap-strapped Houston Texans made an alarming decision to release right tackle Eric Winston on Monday evening.
ProFootballTalk.com noted a week ago that his $5.5 million base salary made him a candidate to be asked to take a pay cut or restructure his contract, but the team’s verdict to cut him just before the start...
The Houston Texans surprised many by cutting Eric Winston. The Rams are among three teams immediately in the hunt.
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Well its almost here folks. NFL Free Agency.
The names are starting to trickle in aren't they?
We've just learned Houston Texans offensive tackle Eric Winston is a casualty.
He just announced on Twitter that the team has released him.
Winston had two years and $11 million remaining on his contract, which included base salaries of $5.5 million in each of the next...
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Eric Winston isn't the only free-agent offensive lineman drawing interest from the Miami Dolphins.
FOXSports.com has learned that Cleveland guard/tackle Artis Hicks is meeting Wednesday with team officials.
Hicks has 71 career starts in 10 NFL seasons split between Philadelphia, Minnesota, Washington and Cleveland. If signed, Hicks would likely compete to start on the right...
The first day of the NFL's free agency period has come and past and, thus far, the Jets have yet to make a move. No need to fret, we've all heard the children's parable about the tortoise and the hare before.Speculation continues to swirl around the Jets, who've had a knack for making a splash in free agency in years past, as their name has been linked to everyone...
The St. Louis Rams have finally realized that they need to upgrade their offensive line. While fans may not like the direction they’re going in that search I think it’s actually pretty smart. Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Rams are currently in talks with Atlanta Falcons center Todd McClure and Houston Texans tackle Eric Winston.