Tackle Eric Winston was released by the Kansas City Chiefs on Wednesday, just about a year after signing with the team as a free agent. Naturally, given that it’s Dallas and the Cowboys are in need of offensive line help, there’s been some discussion about whether Jerry Jones will make a play for the veteran.
But as Dan Graziano of ESPN’s NFC East Blog points out, there’s some reason to doubt it, beginning with the team’s salary cap restraints.
“Obviously, the Doug Free contract is a huge bust and the Cowboys need a right tackle,” Graziano writes, via ESPN Dallas. “They need guard help, too, but a right tackle is a fine place to start. Sadly for the Cowboys, they're too tight up against the cap to really compete for a free agent if that free agent is going to draw interest from multiple teams. I still think they address this in the draft.”
Another possible suitor for Winston is the rival Washington Redskins. Winston spent six seasons with the Texans before going to Kansas City last year, and for awhile there, he played under Kyle Shanahan--who happens to work as the Redskins’ offensive coordinator these days.
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