Tyler Polumbus (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

RICHMOND — The Washington Redskins apparently never became a serious contender to sign free agent offensive tackle Eric Winston.

Winston is close to completing a deal with the Arizona Cardinals, a person familiar with the situation confirmed.  Another person with knowledge of the deliberations said there was “nothing intense” in terms of negotiations between the Redskins and Winston in recent days.

That leaves the Redskins with Tyler Polumbus, Jeremy Trueblood and Tony Pashos vying for their starting right tackle job. The Redskins signed Trueblood and Pashos as free agents in the offseason. Polumbus was the team’s starter at the spot last season.

Winston was released by the Kansas City Chiefs during the offseason. He formerly played for Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan in Houston, and seemed like a logical candidate for the Redskins to pursue when he became available. But the Redskins were facing a salary cap crunch during the offseason and Winston was seeking a relatively significant contract. The Redskins opted to sign Trueblood and Pashos to cheaper deals, and Winston remained patient and sorted through a list of interested teams before settling on Arizona.

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