Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Could Eric Winston replace Jake Long?
By James Walker
The Miami Dolphins quickly went to work this week to find a replacement for four-time Pro Bowler Jake Long. One day after re-signing versatile backup offensive tackle Nate Garner, Miami is meeting with unrestricted free agent Eric Winston, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.
Winston would be a good fit in Miami for several reasons. He's a former University of Miami alum and knows the area well. Winston also is very durable. He has 103 career starts and has not missed a game in six seasons. Winston played in all 16 games last year for the Kansas City Chiefs.
The biggest question: Can Winston play left tackle? He's played most of his career at right tackle, and asking Winston to switch to the left side full time might be asking too much.
Miami's 2012 second-round pick, Jonathan Martin, is currently the favorite to replace Long on the left side. If Winston is signed, perhaps Martin and Winston would have to compete at left tackle in training camp, with the loser getting the right side.
Schefter also reports the New England Patriots, San Diego Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys are interested in Winston.