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Under-the-radar free agents

Updated: March 13, 2013, 1:19 PM ET
By Adam Schefter

Adam Schefter answers reader questions in his mailbag once a week during the NFL season. Got a query of your own? Submit it here.


Q: It was a bit surprising to me that the Kansas City Chiefs released right tackle Eric Winston. Is he the best available tackle on the market? Where could he land?

-- Jacob (Tennessee)

A: There should be interest in Winston, Jacob, especially with all of the teams that have offensive line questions in this league. If I were the Cowboys, Dolphins, Bears, Cardinals or Eagles, I would see if I could get Winston at well below what it would cost to get a premium right tackle such as Phil Loadholt or Andre Smith on the free-agent market. The other thing to keep in mind is that this draft is loaded at tackle. Plenty of teams will find plenty of help. So the question teams will ask is: Are they better off going with an unproven cheaper rookie tackle or someone like Winston? Two years ago he was one of the league's top tackles; last season, not so much. But there will be a tackle-needy team on which Winston will be an asset.


Q: Adam, I know that this free-agent class doesn't have a lot of big names like last year's with Mario Williams and Vincent Jackson. Who are a couple under-the-radar free agents that could prove to have great value?

-- Kerry (D.C.)


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