Now former Kansas City Chiefs RT Eric Winston joined the Danny Parkins Show on 610 Sports Radio today to talk about his recent release from the team.
Winston’s release came as a bit of a surprise and caused quite a stir on Twitter last night. The news prompted some fans to tweet at Chiefs’ LT Branden Albert, who was recently the recipient of the franchise tag, if he would move to RT to take Winston’s place. Albert, as he has done before, explained that he was not interested in playing any position other than LT and then promptly deleted his Twitter account.
While Albert doesn’t appear to be taking Winston’s departure to well, Winston himself was professional and courteous when talking about the situation with Parkins.
“I think they looked at all their options and decided this was the best one,” said Winston, after pointing out that the Chiefs have a lot of options available because they have the No. 1 draft pick.
I’ve got no beef with them,” Winston continued. “Look, they called me up the right way. I had a good talk with John Dorsey here recently and that’s that.”
Winston also reported that he was healthy, despite a recent report from Jason la Canfora of CBS Sports that there were “serious injury concerns.”
“I got a minor scope of my elbow out, after the season and that was it. I’ve already been cleared for that. I’ve been lifting and running now for a month.”
“I’ve started 103 consecutive games in my career. I haven’t missed a start, I haven’t missed a play in I can’t remember. I feel like anybody playing football has some serious injury concerns but other than that, I don’t have anything that’s holding me back.”
Winston was then asked about being cut twice in two years. The hosts asked how much Winston though he had left.
“You know, I’m going to let my play speak for that,” Winston said. “I’ll let other teams speak for that. I feel like, in a way, if the old regime was still here I’m probably still here. I think it’s more of a philosophical thing coming in and probably a little bit, some bad luck. In Houston, I had a long talk with Kubiak and was assured it didn’t have anything to do with my play there. They had some cap situation and they felt like this was a position that they could cut and still get by and they were right. They won 13 games this year and they put in a young RT that did a good job for them and that’s that. I think it’s just, I think sometimes you have some bad luck in a way. I’m going to land on my feet. I’m not going to sit here and explain to everybody why I’m good. I put my resume out on the field every Sunday. That’s the way I look at it. If you like what you see, great. If you don’t then you don’t.”
Winston was professional throughout the interview. He said there was no ill will between himself in the new regime. He was also very complimentary of the current players in the locker room, in particular he named Jon Asamoah, Branden Albert, Justin Houston and Ryan Lilja as players he grew close to.
Now that you’ve had some time to think on it, how do you Addicts feel about Winston being released?