Eric Winston, Cards close to deal

Former Kansas City Chiefs tackle Eric Winston is close to signing a one-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

The deal could be completed within the next 24 hours.

Winston, 29, started all 16 games at right tackle for the Chiefs last season, his only campaign in Kansas City. Expected to earn a base salary of just under $5 million in 2013, he was released in early March.

Winston made headlines in early December last season when he spoke out against home fans who cheered when quarterback Matt Cassel suffered a concussion in a game against the Baltimore Ravens.

Winston spent his first five seasons with the Houston Texans before signing with the Chiefs.

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