Former Miami Hurricane Eric Winston Visiting Miami Dolphins

Aug 30, 2012; Green Bay, WI, USA; Kansas City Chiefs offensive tackle Eric Winston (74) during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. The Packers defeated the Chiefs 24-3. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

 

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, former Kansas City Chief, Eric Winston, will be visiting the Miami Dolphins’ facility today.

 

https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter/status/314360401817112576

This is incredible news if you are a Miami Dolphins fan, especially after the team lost franchise left-tackle Jake Long just a few days ago.

The former Miami Hurricane is an incredibly athletic offensive tackle – which is a quality Head Coach Joe Philbin stressed during his first few weeks with the team. Standing at a tall 6’7″ and weighing a lean 302-pounds, Winston’s athletic stature is a perfect fit for Miami’s zone blocking scheme.

The 29 year-old is just two years removed from being known as the National Football League’s best right tackle – Miami also had a shot at signing him last offseason when he was surprisingly cut by the Houston Texans but lost out to the Kansas City Chiefs. Now let’s not assume Winston is slowing down at this point in his career. Sure he is beginning to age, but the sturdy right tackle put together a solid season for the Kansas City Chiefs – although penalties were an issue.

The Dolphins have been attempting to get more athletic at every position this season – Tight End Dustin Keller replaces Anthony Fasano, Wide Receiver Mike Wallace replaces Marlon Moore, Jabar Gaffney (I could go on and on), Linebackers Dannell Ellerbe and Phillip Wheeler replace Karlos Dansby and Kevin Burnett, and Offensive Tackle Jon Martin is rumored to be replacing Jake Long, who recently signed with the St. Louis Rams - which is why Winston would be a perfect fit to become Miami’s long sought-after right tackle.

 

Do not be surprised if the former Cane signs with the Miami Dolphins today to help solidify Miami’s offensive line.

Topics: Eric Winston, Jake Long, Jon Martin, Miami Dolphins

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  • http://www.facebook.com/tomgervais.cayley Tom Gervais Cayley

    Great move…lock him up Jeff and continue your sick offseason

    • TylerMcMullen

      Yes! Bring him in and take a look at G Jonathan Cooper at #12. Solidify that offensive line and give Tannehill time to find his options at wide receiver and tight end! Thanks for the read and the comment, Tom!

  • http://twitter.com/miami17noel Noel Reyes

    Would b nice to sign Eric

    • TylerMcMullen

      Agreed, Noel! That would be the icing on the cake to an excellent and quite exciting offseason! Thanks for the read and the comment, Noel!!

  • Fins4ever

    Works for me. I wanted Winston and to let Long go to begin with.

    • TylerMcMullen

      Works for me also! I was a big fan of signing Winston last season and felt they let the fan base down a bit but not being able to close the deal! Hopefully they’ll be able to close the deal and sign him today. One can only hope! Thanks for the read and the comment!

  • Jcartwright67

    I’m hoping this will happen. I’m one a few people that believe J. Martin will be a good LT. Give that young man a full training camp and pre season and he’ll be fine. I realize he was bull rushed a few times last season; he was a rookie! Winston solidifies our line and allows us to take the best player available in the draft. If the best player is a Tackle…great…if not, look to further bolster the OL in later rounds.

    • TylerMcMullen

      Martin will be fine as long as he gets stronger, which another season or two of offseason strength training will fix. AND, yes! Winston would solidify the offensive line and allow Miami to take a corner in the first round – Xavier Rhodes from Florida State is the most likely candidate, but don’t count out Miami opting to the second round to fill their corner needs. This upcoming draft is DEEEEEP at the corner position! I’m beginning to like Kyle Long from Oregon. If you have a minute look him up and watch some film on him. He’s a versatile guy – is also Howie Long’s son and current St. Louis defensive end Chris Long’s brother. Kyle can play tackle if need be, but I project him as an all-pro guard at the next level. We shall see, sir. We shall see. Thanks for the read and the comment!!