Seattle, WA, United States (4E Sports) – The Seattle Seahawks have signed NFL Players Association (NFLPA) president and right tackle Eric Winston to a one-year deal.
The 30-year-old Winston announced that he was joining the defending Super Bowl champions on his Twitter account Tuesday.
Winston, who last played for the Arizona Cardinals and was elected union head earlier this year, earlier said he didn’t need to be promised a starting job but wanted the opportunity to compete for one.
That’s what Arizona offered last year, he said, and it worked out in his favor as Winston started all 16 games.
An eight-year veteran, Winston has spent his offseason preparing for the right call by staying in shape. He worked out this summer with Texans receiver Andre Johnson and running back Arian Foster and former Texan Owen Daniels.
The Seahawks had a vacancy at right tackle after Breno Giacomini signed a free-agent deal with the Jets this offseason.
Before Winston’s addition, second-year offensive lineman Michael Bowie and rookie Justin Britt had been competing this offseason to fill the right tackle spot.
Winston played his first six NFL seasons with the Texans, joined the Chiefs in 2012 and the Cardinals last season.
Winston has started 119 consecutive games, the second-longest streak for an active player. He also has played in 124 straight regular-season games, also second-most among active players.