The Bengals signed Winston to a contract Wednesday, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Though best known these days for his role as the president of the NFL Players Association, the 34-year-old Winston is still a battle-tested veteran tackle who should bolster the team's depth along the offensive line following Jake Fisher's (illness) placement on the Reserve/Non-Football Illness list. With 33 games of experience in the Bengals' system over the last three seasons, it shouldn't take Winston long to get up to speed in advance of Cincinnati's Week 10 matchup with Tennessee.
Winston was released by the Bengals on Saturday, Josina Anderson of ESPN reports.
Winston has been in a reserve role since signing with Cincinnati in 2014, and returned on a one-year contract back in March. The 33-year-old could still return to the Bengals but is now free to be signed elsewhere.
Offensive tackle Eric Winston tweeted that he's returning to the Bengals. The 31-year-old started two games last year and projects as the backup to starters Andrew Whitworth and Andre Smith, per Pro Football Talk.
After the union field a grievance last week against the NFL over changes to the NFL personal conduct policy, Players Association president Eric Winston said Thursday the new policy "violates the CBA in several ways and we're going to be grieving this as far as we can."
NFL owners unanimously approved the changes in December.
"We have an agreement with the league and they have an agreement with us," Winston said, per the Associated Press. "We're going to hold them to that agreement. Many aspects of this policy fall outside of the CBA and we're going to continue fighting it going forward."
Following former Ravens running back Ray Rice's domestic violence case and Vikings running back Adrian Peterson's child abuse case, a more extensive list of prohibited conduct was included in the policy, as well as criteria for paid leave for anyone charged with a violent crime. A suspension of six games without pay for violations involving assault, sexual assault, battery, domestic violence, child abuse and other forms of family violence will be in effect.
"The league's revised conduct policy was the product of a tremendous amount of analysis and work and is based on input from a broad and diverse group of experts within and outside of football, including current players, former players, and the NFL Players Association," the league said in a statement last week.
"We and the public firmly believe that all NFL personnel should be held accountable to a stronger, more effective conduct policy. Clearly, the union does not share that belief."
The Bengals signed free agent offensive tackle Eric Winston to help offset the loss of Andre Smith, who's out for the year with a triceps injury, reports Fox Sports.
The Seattle Seahawks waived the following players Saturday: QB Terrelle Pryor, OT Eric Winston, CB Phillip Adams, DE Benson Mayowa, TE Rashaun Allen, CB Akeem Auguste, RB Demitrius Bronson, WR Arceto Clark, QB B.J. Daniels, OL Caylin Hauptmann, OL Nate Isles, OL Patrick Lewis, WR Chris Matthews, S Terrance Parks, TE Morrell Presley, DT Andru Pulu, FB Kiero Small, DT Jimmy Staten, S Steven Terrell, LB Korey Toomer, WR Bryan Walters and RB Spencer Ware.
The Seahawks released offensive lineman Eric Winston Saturday in their final round of cuts, ProFootballTalk.com reports.
Winston signed a one-year deal with the Seahawks after the Cardinals failed to re-sign him. Winston has started 119 games in a row, a streak that is obviously now in serious jeopardy unless he catches on elsewhere.
Free agent right tackle Eric Winston, president of the NFL Players Association, tweeted that he signed a one-year deal with the Seahawks. Winston has started 119 straight games, playing last season with Arizona.
Free agent right tackle Eric Winston, who has started 119 straight games, said the Cardinals haven't shown strong interest in re-signing him, reports the Arizona Republic.
"I can't say there have been super-positive talks or anything like that," he said. "It doesn't seem like anything is being done. I'd still love to come back to Arizona. I love the guys in the locker room, love the city, and I think the team will be really good with or without me. They're ready to have a special run out there.
"At the same time, it is what it is. I'm looking to get on a team as soon as possible, hopefully before the draft. I know I still have some miles left on the tires, and I'm looking to burn them off."
The Cardinals could go with Bobby Massie and Bradley Sowell at right tackle. Winston, 30, was just elected president of the NFL Players Association, a position he says should not affect his signability.
The Cardinals and offensive tackle Eric Winston appear to be on the verge of a one-year deal. ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted the news Thursday morning.
Winston has spent the last two seasons with two different teams but is considered a viable starting lineman in the league. He should improve a Cardinals O-line that allowed 58 sacks last season.