Update: 11:32 a.m. – The Redskins announced that they have officially signed Trueblood. Financial terms of the deal weren’t immediately available.
Original post: 11:15 a.m. – Originally scheduled to pay the Washington Redskins a free agent visit this weekend, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive tackle Jeremy Trueblood moved up his schedule and has reached an agreement with the team two days early, a person with knowledge of the situation said.
The deal is contingent on Trueblood passing a physical. He is at Redskins Park today.
The news of Trueblood’s agreeing to terms was first reported by Tampa-based sportswriter, Jenna Laine.
It’ll be interesting to see if the Redskins see Bruce Allen’s 2006 second-round pick as a starter, or as a backup. (Trueblood also played under current Redskins defensive backs coach Raheem Morris in Tampa when Morris was head coach there from 2009 to 2011.) Washington earlier this week signed former Cleveland Browns right tackle Tony Pashos, who like Trueblood is coming off an injury.
The only other right tackle on the roster is Tom Compton, who spent the bulk of his rookie season out of South Dakota on Washington’s practice squad.
The 6-foot-8, 320-pound Trueblood, who turns 30 in May, had his 2012 season derailed by a shoulder injury and he wound up on injured reserve after nine games. He spent the majority of the first six seasons of his career as a starter, but lost his job after Week 1 of the 2012 season.
Washington hasn’t made a strong push to re-sign 2012 starter Tyler Polumbus, whose contract expired Tuesday. Polumbus had received indication that the Redskins had interest in bringing him back, a person with knowledge of the situation said. But so far, Washington hadn’t extended an offer, and Polumbus was scheduled to visit the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday.