The Redskins have retained the services of another one of their own free agents, signing right tackle Tyler Polumbus to a two-year deal.
Polumbus announced the news via Twitter on Monday afternoon, saying, “Well Jacksonville was tempting…but I couldn’t leave these Coaches and Teammates. 2 more years!”
A person with knowledge of the situation confirmed the agreement between Washington and the five-year veteran.
The negotiations between the Redskins and Polumbus, who last season started 16 of 17 games at right tackle, had proceeded slowly. Polumbus received word from coaches of the team’s continued interest in him, however.
Last Thursday he traveled to Jacksonville, where the Jaguars also were interested in his services. But he ultimately decided to return to Washington.
The Redskins last week signed veterans Tony Pashos and Jeremy Trueblood, who also play right tackle. Pashos sat out all of the 2012 season as he healed from surgery to repair torn ligaments in his foot. Trueblood lost his starting job with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers one week into last season and in Week 10 was placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury.
With Polumbus back, Washington would have all five starters back on a line that last season paved the way for an attack that averaged averaged 383 yards and 27.3 points a game.
The Redskins last week re-signed left guard Kory Lichtensteiger, who also was a free agent. Left tackle Trent Williams, center Will Montgomery and right guard Chris Chester remain under contract.
It’s expected that Pashos and Trueblood will compete for the backup swing tackle duties.