The Houston Texans on Monday cut Eric Winston, and the Arizona Cardinals cut Levi Brown, making them candidates in free agency.
Winston, a six-year veteran, was going to cost the Texans a $6.5 million hit this season, and Brown carried a hefty cap hit of nearly $17 million.
Winston, a 6-foot-7, 302-pound University of Miami product, is an interesting prospect because he played for Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and in an identical blocking scheme while with the Texans. He figures to draw serious consideration from the Redskins.
The 6-6, 323-pound Brown, whom Arizona drafted fifth overall in the 2007 draft (passing on the chance to draft Adrian Peterson), is a solid tackle but hasn’t lived up to his high draft pick billing. However, Brown figures to generate a good amount of interest on the free agent market.
Jammal Brown has entered the last two seasons as Washington’s starting right tackle, but a surgically-repaired hip has been slow to recover and the team worries that he may never regain full strength and return to the Pro Bowl form he boasted while with the Saints prior to his 2008 injury.