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 of 2012 NFL Free Agency comes as a serious head-scratcher.
Not only was the world of Twitter and the NFL in shock, but so was Winston.
“Unfortunately I have bad news,” Winston wrote via Twitter. “The Texans have decided to release me today. Although it is a surprise, I have nothing but positive memories and great relationships that I have built over the years. While my future seems uncertain, I am confident I will land on my feet. Let me say thank you to Mr. McNair and the whole Texan organization. They have had big role in the player and person I have become. And last but not least to my fans and teammates. Y...