Offensive lineman Tyler Polumbus has agreed to two-year contract with the Redskins, he confirmed in a telephone interview Monday afternoon.
Polumbus visited Jacksonville last Thursday and said he was intrigued by the opportunity, particularly since he was familiar with Jaguars offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch from their time together in Seattle and Denver.
After some careful consideration, though, Polumbus decided Washington gave him the best opportunity to succeed.
“Ultimately, we decided D.C. is where we needed to be,” Polumbus said. Redskins Coach Mike “Shanahan has always been good to me. I think he provides me with the best opportunity to be the right tackle I know I can be.”
He added: “I came back here because I wanted to continue what we’ve started.”
Polumbus, 27, emerged as the Redskins’ starting right tackle last preseason when he replaced the injured Jammal Brown, who is no longer with the team. Polumbus started 16 of Washington’s 17 games.
With Polumbus signed, the Redskins and their No. 1 rushing attack now have all five starters on line from 2012 under contract for next season.
“Obviously, it’s very important to have continuity,” Polumbus said. “For the most part, we were all able to stay healthy and that was a huge part of our success in the run game. It’s going to be great to have all five guys back, get back to work and try to get better.”
Since the start of free agency, the Redskins have added some depth by signing veterans Tony Pashos and Jeremy Trueblood. They are expected to battle for backup positions behind Polumbus and starting left tackle Trent Williams.
Polumbus announced the signing himself via Twitter:
— Tyler Polumbus (@Tyler_Polumbus) March 18, 2013