Chiefs UFA Spree Continues – Winston & Quinn Are In

The Chiefs scratched off a couple more items from their off-season wish list, as they signed a right tackle and a backup quarterback.

After several days of discussions, the Chiefs got a deal done with RT Eric Winston. It’s a 4-year deal for north of $21 million. Winston was cut early in the week by the Houston Texans when he failed a physical. Apparently the Chiefs do not think his ankle injury that required surgery in the off-season is going to be a problem.

The 6-7, 302-pound veteran is entering his seventh NFL season and he will be 29 in November. Winston started the last 80 games at RT for the Texans. The Midland, Texas native played his college ball at Miami FL.

And just one day after making the connection, they got a deal done with QB Brady Quinn. A former first-round draft choice of the Cleveland Browns in 2007 when Romeo Crennel was the Cleveland head coach, Quinn spent the last two seasons on the bench in Denver and hasn’t played since a December 22, 2009 game at Arrowhead Stadium against the Chiefs.

Quinn’s contract is for one season. He’s 6-3, 235 pounds and will be 28 at the end of October. He’s spent five seasons in the league, the first three with Cleveland and the last two with Denver. Quinn is a native of Columbus, Ohio and played his college ball at Notre Dame.

17 Responses to “Chiefs UFA Spree Continues – Winston & Quinn Are In”

  • March 18, 2012  - steven smith says:

    after the financials are made public i’d like to know where the Chiefs stand cap wise???

  • March 18, 2012  - johnfromfairfax says:

    It’s good to see us starting to make some noise. Keep it up going.

  • March 18, 2012  - Craig says:

    All the KC FA activity is about lower profile, but quality players, who can provide something for the team. Good job Pioli, Hunt and Crennel! I think we still have about 20-30 in cap room. This opens up the draft tremendously! However we should have paid Carr. He is a morale loss as we should have kept our own as you cannot be sure who will sign in FA period.

  • March 18, 2012  - Niblick says:

    Craig-I don’t know the actual figures but we no longer have 20-30MM in cap space. After franchising Bowe, signing Routt, and paying several bonuses to DJ, Charles and others I read we had about 22MM in cap space. I would guess signing Winston and others would leave us wth about 10-12MM in space. We are in good shape to sign a couple more free agents and all our draft picks. I’m good with that because we all wanted Hunt and Pioli to spend near the cap this year.

  • March 18, 2012  - Niblick says:

    I should have included Hali and Flowers with big delayed bonuses and guaranteed money that lowered our cap figures so much. I too am interested in seeing the actual figures. They are normally updated on PFT and other web sites.

  • March 18, 2012  - el cid says:

    Pioli has finally got ready to put the NEway plan in effect. Enough talent on the roster, thanks to this years veteran signings, he can trade down and get as many 2-4 round picks as possible. It took 3 years of treading water but Pioli should get full credit for this season and his effort. By mixing veterans with current roster the NEway plan can work.

  • March 18, 2012  - steven smith says:

    Niblick, remember at the start of FA we rolled over our unused cap from last year so the number was 60+ mil in available cap. That $$$ was rolled over to take care of the big bonuses from Hali’s and other contracts. with what has been done since the signing period started on wednesday i gotta believe KC stall has 15-25mil. hopefully the Bowe contract can get worked out now that the market has been set(not megatron, Bowe should see something like V Jax deal) and that will save a little $$$ under the cap as well. We shall see

  • March 18, 2012  - Niblick says:

    Steven-Perhaps you are right but I saw some figures on PFT a week or so ago that we had about 23MM in capspace. Denver had the most at about 43MM. We did get Winston at a very good price, so perhaps we do have more. You are right. If we can get Bowe signed to a long term deal that would give us even more. Regardless, we are still in good shape compared to many teams.

  • March 18, 2012  - cychief24 says:

    cid- nice post.

    I think Steven is correct about the cap space.

    Craig- Pioli/Crennel signed the raidas #1 CB for #2 CB money. RAC and Emmitt will coach the penalties out of Routt.
    Overpaying Carr the money he wanted would have prevented some of the signing that were made this week. Plus Franklin is coming in Monday. He would fill NT.

    I think this week is clear evidence of what(who) the roadblock was for free agents. No doubt the Chiefs WERE a dysfunctional organization as Bob has pointed out. But now it looks like Pioli/Crennel is a team that works together very well like adults.

    At the end of the season most of us here agreed we needed RT, NT, another TE, another RB, ILB, safety depth, and resign Bowe+Carr. Some wanted a “elite” “Franchise” QB. I wanted a quality back up instead so we could fill all of the other holes.

    So far most of those needs have been filled. If the Chiefs sign a NT (Franklin) the draft will be almost wide open.

    Meanwhile all those teams chasing Manning are stuck, frozen in time, waiting for the old QB with a broken neck to decide their fate.

  • March 18, 2012  - el cid says:

    Not sure we should not sit back and watch the rest of free agencts and maybe pick a bone or two up, cheaply. I know we have needs but we have suck an influx of new talent, coaches need to blend the new with the old.

    Do not like Quinn signing but next year we can worry about that (forget the draft unless Stanzi is another Palko, Daboll get in there and chose). NT is a concern and Center (again Hudson has not taken a snap in the NFL). That is where any other free agents come in, role players/depth.

  • March 18, 2012  - Johnfromwichita says:

    Did not get excitied about Quinn. Than I remembere Palko. I can live with Quinn. Now lets build the depth.

  • March 18, 2012  - TimR says:

    Yes, I agree with several prior posts about depth. Don’t forget about the S position in that regard. Romeo did figure out a way to play differently w/o Berry, but you just can’t keep putting McGraw out there. We’ve got to have a better athlete on our roster than him. Time to develop another. He’s a good guy that’s had a great career, but he should go. Other players are not yet out there that will be as teams clear cap space. Seems we’re finally ready to actually move on things. I think with what we’ve been able to accomplish, we’re wide open as to how we pick at 11…if we stay at 11.

  • March 18, 2012  - TimR says:

    If we end up signing Franklin, what does that say about the statements he didn’t fit when we were all wondering why we didn’t make a run at him before…or am I thinking of a different NT?

  • March 18, 2012  - Niblick says:

    Tim-I was thinking the same thing about Franklin. I know we were criticized by some for not making a better attempt to sign him last year. I don’t recall if we said he didn’t fit or we just really were never interested. He did not have a good year last year. It would be interesting if we were to sign him this year.

  • March 18, 2012  - ObscureDave says:

    This is starting to become interesting!

    At this point in free agency, the Chefs are positioning themselves to be very selective in the upcoming draft. The roster holes of the last three seasons or so (QB position excepted) are rapidly disappearing such that we may begin to have the much vaunted luxury of “taking the best player available”.

    As I see the draft unfolding given where we are today:

    1. As we now have three QBs, it is highly unlikely that we draft another. We won’t carry four on the roster and unless the fourth were a very low round developmental prospect, neither he nor Stanzi would survive unpoached from the practice squad.
    2. Regarding an OT; while we need depth, a first round OT would be expected to start. I don’t see them demoting Albert or Winston this year. More likely we take a lower round prospect at this time. If Albert flees to free agency next year, we spend our number one on an OT in 2013.
    3. We certainly need another top notch guard/center as well as depth there. While you don’t usually take them in the first round, DiCastro could be an exception. Otherwise, expect 2nd-4th round picks for this need.
    4. If they spy a Jamaal Charles clone at 3rd-4th round, that could be good insurance but not a high priority.
    5. Clearly nose tackle is now our most glaring need. This could be where our 1st or 2nd round pick is applied. However, I am leary of Poe and our track record at defensive line picks is far from encouraging.
    6. Inside linebacker is now much more likely to garner our attention in the first two rounds. Belcher is fine but if we can draft a potential pro-bowler they may do so.
    7. Cornerback. Before they filled so many needs this week I would have never guessed this could command a high pick from our Chefs. But by taking a top 1st-2nd round CB, we get much needed depth at this position and set the stage for the rookie to push Routt into the backup role if needed.
    8. Safety. I am more than happy with Berry and Lewis but we all know we need depth there. This position will be addressed somewhere in the draft.

    Bottomline, we are really positioned well to glean some good prospects to flesh out an already promising young team. I fully expect (and hope) that Pioli will try to trade down and score another 2nd or 3rd round pick in the process. If so, expect him to take a worthy NT (if available) or an excellent ILB such as Kuechly or Hightower with our trade partner’s 1st round slot.

    Keep this up and eventually we get to the point where we can trade some top notch producers for excellent draft picks as they near the end of their contracts and keep a fresh, talented roster that is affordable with lots low dollar rookie contracts counting against our cap.

    I love the offseason. Always a first notch chess game. And best of all, we always finish THIS season undefeated!

    Go Chefs!

  • March 18, 2012  - txchief says:

    I believe the Chiefs’ free agent signings rate a solid A- so far. I’d give them an A+ grade if they could have landed Soliai. Aubrayo Franklin is a big step back from Soliai. I hope that they don’t overspend for him.

    I wonder if Brady Quinn may be more competition for Cassel than most think. He could be a low risk rehab project at QB. Lenny the Cool was also a castoff, and he worked out pretty well for KC. We can only hope for a similar turnaround with Quinn. Cassel has shown that he is simply incapable of taking the Chiefs to a championship.

    With most of the gaps filled, the draft possibilities are endles at this point. I think a trade up a few spots for Dontari Poe could happen just as easily as a trade back to accumulate more picks. I can barely wait for draft day!

  • March 18, 2012  - Niblick says:

    I think if they do sign Franklin it would probably be for one or two years at not big money. He did not have a very good year from what I read and that will hurt his stock. From the other Dave in the above post, that was a very good analysis of our draft needs. I agree with all the posters who say we have a lot of flexiblilty in the draft. I’m not sure what I would do. It depends on the rest of free agency.

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