Thursday, March 14, 2013
Redskins compiling right tackle options
By Dan Graziano
The Washington Redskins have signed Jeremy Trueblood, an offensive tackle formerly of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Redskins fans want to know who he is and why.
Trueblood is a guy who was once thought to have some promise but didn't end up being a great player in Tampa. He turns 30 in May, is 6-foot-8 and was benched during the season last year due to ineffectiveness.
What? That doesn't sound like the final piece for a Super Bowl run? Hey, this is reality, Redskins fans. Due to the league-imposed salary cap penalties, the Redskins are bargain shoppers. And as Rich Campbell writes, the plan at right tackle appears to be to create competition and see what emerges. Trueblood joins recently signed veteran Tony Pashos and 2012 sixth-round pick Tom Compton as options to fill the position played by free agent Tyler Polumbus in 2012.
I know the Redskins like Compton, but he may not be ready to be a starter right away in 2013. So they bring in a couple of veterans they like who can either push him or push each other to be worthy of the starting job by Week 1.
I wouldn't get my hopes up about any bigger-name offensive linemen making their way to Washington this offseason.