Arizona Cardinals: Eric Winston to Sign With Cardinals


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

The Arizona Cardinals had a horrendous offensive line last season, so they improved it this offseason.

And, they’re not done improving.

According to, offensive tackle Eric Winston will sign with the Arizona Cardinals. Winston, who started all 16 games for the Kansas City Chiefs last season, will provide depth at the tackle position. If Levi Brown falters in his return from surgery or if Bobby Massie proves that his strong 2012 second half was a fluke, Winston will step in.

There are question marks throughout the offensive line, as most of the starters are inexperienced. Winston, on the other hand, is experienced, and his experience will help the revamped team develop solid chemistry.

On the field, he will help as well. Winston did a nice job with the Chiefs, but the Chiefs wanted to get younger in the 2013 NFL draft. They drafted Eric Fisher at left tackle, which led to Branden Albert moving to right tackle. Because of those moves, the Chiefs cut Winston.

Winston wasn’t able to get a good deal early in free agency, but he is now on a team. While the deal is only for one year, it allows Winston to play in 2013 and allows the Cardinals to add depth and a potential starter at tackle.