Eric Winston rumors: 'Deal could happen' with Dolphins, says Adam Schefter

Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

Miami has Eric Winston in South Beach, trying to make him the newest member of its ever-growing free agent class.

The Miami Dolphins are hosting free agent offensive tackle Eric Winston on Wednesday hoping to hammer out a deal, according to Adam Schefter.

Winston was cut by the Kansas City Chiefs earlier in the offseason, marking the second time in two years he was released. He was sent packing by the Houston Texans in 2012.

Miami could use the help on the offensive line after watching Jake Long walk out the door, as he signed with the St. Louis Rams a four year, $36 million contract.

Second-year tackle Jonathan Martin is expected to fill Long's shoes on the left side, but things are also uncertain on the right. Last year, Martin played there, leaving the door wide open at that position.

Currently, the Dolphins would likely plug Nate Garner in, who re-signed with Miami on Tuesday.

Winston would provide an immediate upgrade and would also let Garner be a reserve, which is more his role since he can play multiple positions.

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