As the NFL enters the final quarter of the season, it was a quiet week for transactions. Almost every move came from teams playing around with the bottom of their roster. One signing is discussed below and, as always, the rest of the moves are down below with some of the more significant ones highlighted in red.
With the Bengals in the midst of the playoff hunt, they have bolstered their offensive line by signing Winston, a veteran offensive tackle.
Andre Smith, the starting right tackle for Cincinnati, was placed on injured reserve with a torn triceps after he suffered the injury early in week 12 against the Houston Texans.
So far, Cincinnati has tried two different approaches to replacing Smith. First, they substituted Marshall Newhouse at the right tackle position. After working with this setup, left guard Clint Boling moved to right tackle with Mike Pollack coming in at guard. The latter of these two approaches worked better.
Winston is a 31-year old veteran who is in his ninth season as a pro. He spent 2006-2011 with the Houston Texans after they drafted him in the third round of the 2006 NFL Draft out of Miami (FL). He spent the 2012 season with the Kansas City Chiefs and then the 2013 season with the Arizona Cardinals.
This offseason, he signed a contract with the Seattle Seahawks, but they cut him at the end of training camp.
Other than his rookie season, Winston has played in and started every game his teams have played in.
With the Cardinals last season, Pro Football Focus (PFF) graded him as the eighth-worst offensive tackle in the league. That is the only season that PFF has him graded as negative. (They began grading in 2007, meaning his rookie season is not available.) As it took him this long to find a team, it is likely that his play has suffered a sudden drop off.
Adding the president of the NFL Players Association makes sense for the Bengals. They have aspirations to make a deep playoff run this season, but need a strong offensive line to achieve this. Newhouse has struggled in his time at right tackle, so why not bring in a veteran and see what he has to offer?
The Arizona Cardinals release LB Desmond Bishop.
The Arizona Cardinals sign G Anthony Steen.
The Atlanta Falcons waive OT Cameron Bradfield.
The Carolina Panthers sign DT Micanor Regis.
The Carolina Panthers cut RB Chris Ogbonnaya.
The Carolina Panthers waive CB Antoine Cason.
The Carolina Panthers sign CB Carrington Byndom.
The Carolina Panthers waive LB Jason Williams.
The Carolina Panthers sign LB Horace Miller.
The Chicago Bears sign S Anthony Walters.
The Chicago Bears sign K Jay Feely.
The Chicago Bears waive-injured WR Chris Williams.
The Cincinnati Bengals sign OT Eric Winston.
The Cincinnati Bengals waive OT Jamon Meredith.
The Cincinnati Bengals cut LB J.K. Schaffer from injured reserve.
The Cincinnati Bengals sign LB Chris Carter.
The Cleveland Browns sign RB Shaun Draughn.
The Dallas Cowboys release TE Jordan Najvar from injured reserve,
The Houston Texans sign TE Anthony Denham.
The Indianapolis Colts sign OT Andrew McDonald.
The Indianapolis Colts waive TE Weslye Saunders.
The Jacksonville Jaguars sign WR Tommy Streeter.
The Jacksonville Jaguars waive WR Mike Brown.
The Jacksonville Jaguars sign LB A.J. Edds.
The Kansas City Chiefs sign TE Richard Gordon.
The Kansas City Chiefs waive TE Phillip Supernaw.
The Miami Dolphins claim S Don Jones off waivers.
The Miami Dolphins cut CB Lowell Rose.
The New England Patriots sign LB Darius Fleming.
The New York Giants sign LB James Davidson.
The New York Giants sign RB Chris Ogbonnaya.
The New York Jets release LB Antwan Barnes.
The New York Jets sign TE Chris Pantale.
The New York Jets sign WR Chris Owusu.
The Oakland Raiders sign RB George Atkinson III.
The Pittsburgh Steelers sign DE Clifton Geathers.
The St. Louis Rams waive LB Marshall McFadden.
The San Diego Chargers sign OT Jeremiah Sirles.
The San Diego Chargers cut S Adrian Phillips.
The San Diego Chargers sign OL Jeff Baca.
The Seattle Seahawks claim CB Loucheiz Purifoy off waivers.
The Seattle Seahawks waive CB Loucheiz Purifoy.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers sign C Josh Allen.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers sign WR/KR Solomon Patton.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers waive TE D.J. Williams.
The Tennessee Titans sign OT Terren Jones.
The Tennessee Titans sign CB Jemea Thomas.
The Tennessee Titans cut CB Brandon Ghee.