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article imageNFL: Kansas City Chiefs release starting tackle Eric Winston

By Yukio Strachan     Mar 6, 2013 in Sports
Kansas City - After signing a four-year, $22 million deal last year, the Kansas City Chiefs have informed veteran right tackle Eric Winston he'll be released.
On Wednesday, Winston, 29, confirmed the report from ProFootballTalk.com on his Twitter account.
"Just wanted to confirm that I have been released," Winston wrote on Twitter. "Even though it was an incredibly tough year on and off the field last year, I wouldn't trade the relationships I made in KC and the overall experience I had for anything. It was an honor to be a Chief and I wish them nothing but the best in the future.... On to the next adventure!"
According to ESPN, Winston started all 16 games at right tackle this past season, his lone campaign in Kansas City after spending his first six years with Houston. He received $9.3 million over one season, USA Today Sports reports.
As Digital Journal reported, though Winston spent just one season with the Chiefs, he made headlines in early October when he spoke out against Chiefs fans who cheered when quarterback Matt Cassel suffered a concussion in a game against the Baltimore Ravens.
By releasing Winston, the Chiefs will save $5.5 million in cash and $3.5 million in cap space as the remaining $3 million from his $4 million signing bonus in 2012 is accelerated onto the Chiefs' salary cap, according to Yahoo Sports.
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