6. Chiefs sign the best right tackle in football
The Texans surprised most everyone by releasing Eric Winston, the premier right tackle in football. The rest of the N.F.L. surprised no one by showing interest in Winston. The Chiefs ultimately came away with him, thanks to a four-year contract worth over $22 million. Winston is an effective movement-oriented run blocker who can land clean contact in space and at the second level. He makes Kansas City’s addition of running back Peyton Hillis more valuable. In pass protection, Winston is not the most consistent force, but unlike a lot of right tackles, he doesn’t require constant help.
• Eric Winston, former starting right tackle of the Texans, signs a four-year, $22 million deal to join the Kansas City Chiefs, which probably means the Chiefs will pass on first-round tackles Reilly Reiff and Jonathan Martin. The Chiefs could now turn their interest to a nose tackle or a move down and take a guard. A team like the New York Jets at No. 16 probably expected Reiff to be gone by time they selected, but it’s possible he will still be available.
The Quinn signing means the Chiefs are not comfortable yet with second-year player Ricky Stanzi taking the next step and becoming the No. 2 quarterback. He will likely be the No. 3 quarterback again. Stanzi needs to make big strides this year.
Quinn and Peyton Hillis are united. Denver traded Hillis to Cleveland for Quinn two years ago. Hillis signed with the Chiefs last week.
Quinn’s departure leaves a hole in Denver. The only quarterback Denver is currently concerning itself with is Peyton Manning. Once that situation is resolved, the Broncos will have to figure out their backup situation.
Part of the Combine process was a series of interviews scheduled with interested teams. After fielding questions from the Raiders, Chargers, Giants, and yes, the Eagles, I entered the Chiefs’ suite to sit down with team President and GM Carl Peterson, head coach Marty Schottenheimer, and offensive line coach Howard Mudd. For fifteen minutes, I answered what were becoming routine questions about my overall health and my college playing experience. What set this interview apart, however, and ultimately shaped my destiny, was Peterson’s unusual line of questioning—a surprising query about my internship at Kidder Peabody.