Even after signing free agent right tackle Jeremy Trueblood last week, the Redskins made it clear to Tyler Polumbus that they still wanted him. And they got him.
Washington signed Polumbus, its starting right tackle last season, to a two-year deal. Polumbus tweeted that he had returned and a league source confirmed the length of the deal. The financial amount wasn’t immediately known. But it’s clear that he will return as the starter, despite the presence of Trueblood as well as Tony Pashos, signed last week as well. The Redskins could not make a big free agent signing at right tackle because of their lack of salary cap space. So they opted for continuity. Washington averaged 5.2 yards per carry — the best figure by any team coached by Mike Shanahan — and 4.7 yards per carry on non-quarterback carries. All five starters will return. Re-signing Polumbus and Kory Lichtensteiger means the Redskins opted for continuity during an offseason in which they can’t afford upgrades.
Both Trueblood and Pashos have their own issues, which is why it was necessary to bring back Polumbus, who started 16 of 17 games. He visited Jacksonville on Friday and the Jaguars made him a comparable offer, according to a league source, one that Polumbus mulled over all weekend. But a source close to Polumbus said the difference was playing for Shanahan, line coach Chris Foerster and the ability to play on a winning team. The Jaguars went 2-14 last season; the Redskins went 10-6 and won the NFC East.
The Redskins have now re-signed 10 of their own players. The big one that remains: tight end Fred Davis. Though Cleveland reportedly was interested in him, there are doubts about the depth of the Browns’ desire to land him, or if any desire exists. The Redskins have told others they expect to re-sign him and Davis has said this is where he wants to play.