If we're talking free agent tackles, the two best remaining who are unsigned are Andre Smith and Eric Winston. We've talked at length about why Smith remains in the free agent pool -- mostly, it's because he's probably asking for way too much money -- but as for why Winston still doesn't have a job, well, it's sort of unclear.
Though the Texans and Eagles had expressed interest in him earlier in the free agent period, and though the Chargers reportedly had offered him a deal, Winston still is wondering what it will take for him to land the kind of contract he wants.
“In the $3 million to $4 million [per year] range is something that I think is more than fair for a starter who has played pretty well throughout his career,” Winston told Sirius XM radio (via PFT).
Thirteen months ago, Winston signed a four-year, $22 million deal, but following the 2012 season, the Chiefs released him in a cost-cutting measure. In this free agent market, when the top-rated tackle Jake Long can average a deal worth only $9 million per season, Winston knows he probably won't get what the Chiefs were giving him.
Winston was asked about Gosder Cherilus' five-year, $35 million deal -- a figure Winston has no chance of earning -- and he laughed and declined comment. But Winston doesn't find it funny that he's still sitting in the free agent market without a team to call home.
“It's also frustrating in the sense that there are still a lot of teams with money to spend, but it doesn't seem like anyone wants to spend it,” Winston said.