Posted by Michael David Smith on April 9, 2013, 9:24 AM EDT
Pro Football Talk.com
Free agent right tackle Eric Winston says he just wants to be paid a fair wage for a starting offensive lineman, and he’s getting frustrated that no NFL teams are willing to pay him what he thinks he’s worth.
Winston said on Sirius XM NFL Radio that he knows he won’t get the kind of money he got last year from the Chiefs, when he signed a four-year, $22 million contract that included a $4 million signing bonus. The Chiefs cut him to avoid paying a $4.9 million base salary for 2013, and now Winston is just hoping some team will pay him more than $3 million in salary this year.
“In the $3-4 million range is something that I think is more than fair for a starter who has played pretty well throughout his career,” Winston said.
…The one right tackle who made good money this offseason was Gosder Cherilus, who left the Lions for the Colts on a five-year, $35 million contract with a $10 million signing bonus and a fully guaranteed $5.5 million salary this year. Winston laughed when he was asked about the huge contract that Cherilus got, although he declined to say whether he thinks he deserves more money than Cherilus.
…What Winston will comment on is this: If you’re a right tackle and your name is not Gosder Cherilus, the free agent market stinks.
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