Eric Winston cut by the Kansas City Chiefs

Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

The Kansas City Chiefs have released right tackle Eric Winston, who was signed just last year to a four-year, $22 million contract. This move comes as a surprise. Branden Albert was franchise tagged on Monday and the Chiefs hold the No. 1 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Surprise! The shockers keep coming as the Kansas City Chiefs have cut Eric Winston, according to Winston himself, who writes this on Twitter:

I just don't get it. PFT reports on some of the cap savings. I'm sure there's more to the story and the Chiefs front office deserves a shot at free agency before we freak out. But ... I'm gonna freak out a little anyway.

The Chiefs on Monday decided to franchise tag Branden Albert, which led many of us to believe they had their bookend tackles set up. Apparently not. The release of Winston very well could have implications on the 2013 NFL Draft, where the Chiefs have the No. 1 overall pick.

As a vested vet, Winston immediately becomes a free agent where he will have suitors. Free agency for everyone else opens on March 12.

A few Chiefs have reacted to the move...

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