October 14, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tackle Eric Winston (74) against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 38-10. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Another Ireland Skip Gets Released

Last season many Miami Dolphins fans were in an uproar when General Manager Jeff Ireland opted to pass on the contract demands of RT Eric Winston in favor of no one.  Ireland set a price on Winston and didn’t budge.  A common theme during free agency.

Winston left Miami without a deal and reportedly without a set offer.  He traveled next to Kansas City and despite his injury history and questions, the Chiefs didn’t let him leave.  Winston signed a deal that would have paid him around 22 million with almost 9 million guaranteed.

Tonight, the Chiefs opted to release the guard instead of paying him the 4 plus million he was due.  While the move saves the team almost 5 million, they will be on the hook for just over six million from the guaranteed portion of the deal.  All in all, according to Pro-Football Talk, the Chiefs spent 9 million for Winston to play one season.

The move comes on the heals of KC’s franchise designation of LT Brendan Albert.

The move by the Chiefs does not mean that Ireland was smart in his desire to under pay the tackle but don’t be surprised if Winston makes another free agent trip to Miami.  He was impressed with what he saw last season.  The Dolphins are in need of a RT with the move of Jonathan Martin to LT.  The release of Winston could be a perfect opportunity for the Dolphins to fill a need from an unexpected source.

Reaction in KC is shock as Winston played well in his one season and recently spoke with our sister site Arrowheadaddict about the upcoming Chiefs season where he sounded very excited about the teams future.

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