Texans right tackle Eric Winston announced on Twitter that he’s being released by the Texans in a move that’s got to be coming to help give the team enough money to make bids to keep outside linebacker Mario Williams and center Chris Myers.
Winston was slated to make a $5.5 million base salary in 2012.
Four tweets from Winston:
Unfortunately I have bad news. The Texans have decided to release me today. Although it is a surprise, I have nothing but positive memories
And great relationships that I have built over the years. While my future seems uncertain, I am confident I will land on my feet.
Let me say thank you to Mr. McNair and the whole Texan organization. They have had big role in the player and person I have become.
And last but not least to my fans and teammates. You guys are the absolute best! I will miss all of you more than you know.
It’s a classy exit following surprising news.
The Texans' offensive line has been a team strength and Winston has been an effective player in helping spring Arian Foster for an awful lot of yards. When an O-line is a team strength, continuity is usually a big part of it.
The Texans now need a starting right tackle, and their center (Myers) and right guard (Mike Brisiel) are on the eve of becoming free agents.
Houston fans are surely hoping news of new contracts is coming before then.
As for Winston, Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. said he could see him landing in Washington, Seattle, Miami or with the Jets.
"Winston came to THE U as a TE, but just kept growing," Williamson wrote me. "Before blowing out his knee, many considered him a truly elite LT prospect. He fell in the draft a bit after his injury, but remains long, athletic and very mobile. Perfect for the system he was in with the Texans, and I thought he had a very good year. I bet the Skins would kill to get him."