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San Diego Chargers Rumors: Eric Winston Still A Possibility?

Eric Winston San Diego Chargers

Kyle Terada-USA Today Sports

According to Michael Gehlken of utasndiego.com, the San Diego Chargers are still interested in signing former Houston Texans and Kansas City Chiefs right tackle Eric Winston.

Gehlken said “The door remains open on the possibility the ex-Chiefs right tackle could come to San Diego, a team source said Wednesday.  While the Chargers’ interest is for certain, that a deal will materialize is not, as nothing appears imminent at this time.”

Winston spent six seasons with Houston and started all of their games at right tackle from 2007-2011, and spent his 2012 season with Kansas City where he started all 16 games playing at RT and right guard. According to Gehlken, Winston had a visit with the Miami Dolphins last week.

San Diego’s offensive line allowed 49 sacks last season which ranked fourth in the NFL, so management tried to improve on this by signing King DunlapRich Ohrnberger and Chad Rinehart in free agency.

The Team’s front office released left tackle Jared Gaither yesterday and lost right guard Louis Vasquez in free agency. Rinehart has more experience at RG than Ohrnberger, so he will more than likely be Vasquez’s replacement. San Diego is expected to go after a LT in the draft to replace Gaither.

The Lighting Bolts have to do a better job of protecting Philip Rivers in 2013 because while he started every game from 2006-2012, it is never a good thing for a quarterback to be sacked so often. Jeromey Clary started all of San Diego’s games at RT in 2008, 2010 and 2011 while he started 14 of the 16 games in 2012. If the front office signs Winston, it would be a competition for a starting job at RT.

Clary is a veteran and has been with San Diego for six seasons, so it would be interesting to see if he would have an edge over Winston if the Chargers agree to a deal with him.