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Houston Texans Release Eric Winston

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Cicely C. Mitchell

In a move to free up money under a salary cap, the Houston Texans waived offensive tackle Eric Winston Monday.

Winston, who was the right tackle and the former third-round pick, confirmed his release from the Texans on the social networking site Twitter.

“Unfortunately I have bad news. The Texans have decided to release me today. Although it is a surprise, I have nothing but positive memories,” Winston wrote on Twitter Monday, “…and great relationships that I have built over the years. While my future seems uncertain, I am confident I will land on my feet.”

Winston took the time to thank fans as well as the Texans organization.

He later thanked Bob McNair.

Winston’s release will save the Houston Texans $4.5 million.

Winston, who was selected by the Texans with the 66th overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft, started in 87 of 92 games for Houston. He played for the University of Miami before joining the Houston Texans.

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