What About Eric Winston?March 28th, 2013
Last season, the Bucs paid Jeremy Trueblood $4 million to largely sit on his ass and watch Demar Dotson have an average-at-best season at right tackle.
Perhaps heralded free agent right tackle Eric Winston would take the same money to produce and be the final cog in the NFL’s nastiest (in a good way) offensive line?
Winston, who publicly skewered Chiefs fans for cheering when Matt Cassel got hurt last season, was cut from Kansas City two weeks ago. Since then, he’s been visiting various teams (not the Bucs) but hasn’t inked a deal yet. Per ProFootballTalk.com, Winston just thinks it’s an off year for most free agents.
Winston turns 30 in November, and he hasn’t missed a game since 2006. He would be a significant upgrade for the Bucs. Joe’s having a hard time finding anyone saying Winston’s play sucks.
Yes, the Bucs have more pressing needs. However, Joe knows Greg Schiano yearns to run the ball — and run some more. And Greg Schiano has revealed this offseason that he likes what he sees when Josh Freeman throws on the run. A stud right tackle sure would help.
Winston might come cheap on a one-year deal. He might like playing next to a Pro Bowl guard in Davin Joseph. And the Bucs certainly have money to play with.