The Seattle Seahawks are absolutely impossible to predict. Eric Winston, the 30-year-old veteran, had previously been believed to be the opening day starter after the Hawks cut ties with OT Michael Bowie. Over the course of the past month, it was the rookie Justin Britt who separated himself as the lead guy, however.
Seahawks released Eric Winston, who some thought could start for them at RT.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 30, 2014
Britt was drafted as the Seahawks’ second selection (No. 64) in the second round, largely because of his dominating performance against No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney earlier in the college season. Tom Cable and the Hawks clearly saw something in Britt, but I think he has surpassed even their expectations of where they thought he would be at this point.
The news still comes as a bit of a shock considering the Seahawks’ questionable depth on the offensive line. Winston is a proven veteran who has spent time with Houston Texans (six seasons), Kansas City Chiefs (one season) and Arizona Cardinals last year. I imagine that this means good news for second-year OT Alvin Bailey, and rookie OT Garry Gilliam.
Winston will find work elsewhere, perhaps with a team like the Baltimore Ravens. He has been a good player in the league. With the Texans, he was one of the better right tackles in the NFL. I was more shocked when the Texans decided to release him in 2012, but I am still pretty surprised by the Hawks’ decision to let him go.
Despite that, one thing I have learned from Pete Carroll and John Schneider is to never doubt them.