Reporting Tim Kephart
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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Miami Dolphins need offensive line help after losing left tackle Jake Long to free agency and that help could be coming in the form of a former Miami Hurricanes star.
Former Kansas City Chiefs right tackle Eric Winston will visit with the Dolphins on Wednesday, according to CBS4 news partner the Miami Herald. Winston, 29, could have a contract offered to him by the Dolphins during his visit, according to the Herald.
Winston was released by the Chiefs earlier this month for salary cap reasons. The former Cane has been rock solid over the last six years, not missing a single game while playing for the Chiefs and the Houston Texans.
Winston was set to make around $5 million this season from the Chiefs. His price tag may come down a bit after being cut, plus there is still a glut of tackle projects available in free agency and the upcoming NFL Draft.
Plugging in Winston at right tackle would solve many of the Dolphins problems and give them plenty of options heading into the draft. Assuming the Fins signed Winston, it would give them an offensive line of: left tackle Jonathan Martin, left guard Richie Incognito, center Mike Pouncey, a right guard to be named later and Winston at right tackle.
NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport said on Twitter about Winston, “Sounds like this is the one he was waiting on, so wouldn’t be surprised to see it happen.”