Redskins keeping their line together

March, 18, 2013
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PHOENIX -- The Washington Redskins used the same five starting offensive linemen for 16 of their 17 games last year, and they believe that continuity was a key to the success of the league-best run game. So even though they spent last week picking up potential fallback options like Tony Pashos and Jeremy Trueblood at right tackle, they wanted 2012 starter Tyler Polumbus back all along. Monday, Polumbus tweeted that he was re-signing with Washington. John Keim reports it's a two-year deal.

It's a good move for the Redskins, whose cap problems prevent them from playing in the deep end of the free-agent tackle pool with guys like Andre Smith and Sebastian Vollmer. Polumbus was something of a surprise as he turned into a reliable starter in place of the perpetually injured Jammal Brown. And while he's not perfect, if you can't upgrade, why not bring back a guy who's been successful in your system?

As we've mentioned a few times here, the Redskins did go 10-6 and win the NFC East last year, so holding together their 2012 roster isn't a terrible idea on its face. To this point, cornerback DeAngelo Hall and reserve linebacker/special teamer Lorenzo Alexander are the only players they wanted to keep and haven't been able to keep. Tight end Fred Davis remains a free agent they're hoping to re-sign.

Dan Graziano

ESPN New York Giants reporter

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