Chiefs release offensive lineman Eric Winston - KCTV5

Chiefs release offensive lineman Eric Winston

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The Kansas City Chiefs have released offensive lineman Eric Winston.

Winston confirmed the release in tweets Wednesday night.

Winston drew national headlines last fall after he ripped fans that cheered quarterback Matt Cassel's injury. Winston made it seem that most fans cheered the injury, but many fans said that it was a minority and cheers were for backup Brady Quinn as he entered the game.

As a result, Winston wasn't a fan favorite. But he also was willing to poke fun at the controversy, including on the set with the It's Your Morning crew before the Super Bowl.

"Even though it was an incredibly tough year on and off the field, I wouldn't trade the relationships I made in KC and the overall experience I had for anything," he wrote. "It was an honor to be Chief ... Best in the future. Onto the next adventure!"

He did not directly mention the fans or owner Clark Hunt in his tweets.

This comes as the Chiefs earlier this week under the leadership of new General Manager John Dorsey and head coach Andy Reid re-resigned punter Dustin Colquitt and wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and put the franchise tag on tackle Brendan Albert. The Chiefs are expected later this month to make official a trade with the 49ers for quarterback Alex Smith.

KCTV5's Brad Fanning said the release of Winston clears the way for the Chiefs to draft the player that many think is the best player in the draft: Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel.

Winston and Joeckel play the same position.

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