either way albert needs to man up and do whatever is asked of him to help the team win
This team hasn't spent too much money in free agency. All the big contracts on this team are rookie deals and would impact the cap negatively if they were cut. There may be some turnover throughout this summer, but I don't think we're going to see a huge turnover because there are a bunch of under-developed players who shouldn't be given up on yet... like Tyson Jackson. I wouldn't expect too many more moves like this outside of Matt Cassel.
Winston's contract was a very fair contract in terms of salary. Whether we save 700k or 3.5mm, it wasn't a salary cap move. It could be because of an injury concern, but I doubt it. I think this is probably a combo of three things:
1. Winston isn't the greatest pass blocker. We will be passing more frequently under Andy Reid.
2. Donald Stephenson. Donald played great in Brandon Albert's absence last year. Stephenson>Winston against pass rush.
3. Winston picked a fight with the fan base. We has been persona non grata in KC every since. This to a much lesser degree but I still think it figures into the equation when you are trying to sell tickets.
Lastly, Eric Winston was on NFL Radio two weeks ago and said he had thought about the chance that he could be cut if we drafted Luke Joeckel. This didn't come out of left field for Eric. There's probably more to this story that we won't know unless we are in Andy Reid's lockerroom.
I'm surprised to see this move as well, but lets keep in mind, that most people especially on here have been crying fowl on how bad the ol is/was. It seems this new management is listening and trying to please and win back the fan base. I personally remember getting upset with Winstons lack of pass protection, thinking he was much better then that. But when you are a one dementional football team it makes it much harder on the OL. I'm still surprised to see this move.
I hadn't thought about this until reading some of the comments, but I wouldn't be surprised if we saw either Allen or Stephenson at RT in the fall. I think we will find out their long term plans in a week or two, once FA opens. If they pick up a RT, then they prob are keeping Albert and going to try and use Allen or draft a G/C. This makes me more interested in FA.