Originally written on Gridiron Grit  |  Last updated 3/12/12

HOUSTON - NOVEMBER 29: Tackle Eric Winston #73 of the Houston Texans blocks defensive tackle Raheem Brock #79 of the Indianapolis Colts on November 29, 2009 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. The Colts won 35-27. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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...
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