Right now, there’s a decent chance that the Eagles will select an offensive tackle in the first round, but that could change if they’re able to sign former Kansas City offensive tackle Eric Winston, whom the Chiefs released on Wednesday. The move was reportedly done to save cap money because releasing Winston will take $6.5 million dollars off the Chiefs salary cap.
Winston is considered a good tackle especially as a run blocker, which is what the Eagles will likely major in on the offensive side of the ball. The former Miami Hurricane was drafted in 2006 by the Houston Texans. The Texans ran the ball behind a zone blocking scheme which is expected to be He’s 6’7″ 302 pounds and only 29 years old.
Signing Winston would allow the Birds to slide Todd Herremans back to the guard position where he is most comfortable and it would allow them to address their defensive needs in the first round.
The fact that the Birds are interested in signing Winston tells me that they want to draft a defensive player in the first round, but they’ll probably draft one of those tackles if they can’t add a good one through free agency.