Schefter: Patriots have eye on OT Winston

March, 20, 2013
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The Patriots are interested in free agent right tackle Eric Winston, a league source told ESPN's NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Winston was released by the Chiefs earlier this offseason just one year into a four-year free agent deal that made him one of the highest paid right tackles in the NFL. The Chiefs have turned their franchise over this offseason, and could be in the market for an offensive tackle with the first overall pick.

Winston is regarded as a strong zone blocking scheme offensive lineman who is capable as a pass protector. He stands at 6-foot-7 and just over 300 pounds, and has started in 103 of 108 career games played.

From a Patriots perspective, the interest in Winston could be tied to free agent tackle Sebastian Vollmer, who many believe to be the top remaining offensive lineman on the market. There's been little buzz about Vollmer's status in free agency thus far, but if he is signed elsewhere, the Patriots could add Winston to compete for the starting job.

Vollmer is likely looking for a deal that competes with other contracts signed by right tackles this offseason, highlighted by a five-year, $34 million deal given to Gosder Cherilus by the Colts that includes $10 million in guaranteed money.

Schefter reports that Winston is in Miami today to visit the Dolphins, and also has interest from the Eagles, Chargers and Cowboys.
Field Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston's Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider.

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