Washington fills out roster as it waits on Davis
The Redskins addressed a need. They also retained yet another veteran. It wasn't the most high profile of days for the Redskins, but at least it was productive.
They signed free agent offensive tackle Jeremy Trueblood and re-signed linebacker Bryan Kehl, who likely will move into the role vacated by Lorenzo Alexander. Like Alexander, who signed with Arizona on Wednesday, Kehl is an inside linebacker who is considered a solid special teams player. Kehl signed a one-year deal for $715,000.
The Redskins also continue to wait and see what develops with tight end Fred Davis. Cleveland reportedly has interest in him, but there are doubts as to how strong that interest is, according to league sources, who feel it could be manufactured to prompt the Redskins into action.
Trueblood has ties to general manager Bruce Allen and secondary coach Raheem Morris from Tampa Bay. Allen selected Trueblood in the second round in 2006. He was a mainstay at right tackle for his first four seasons, making 61 starts. During that time he averaged 10.75 penalties per season (mostly false starts). But he has made just 23 starts over the past three seasons combined (but cut down on his penalties to a combined 13). Last season the Bucs benched him after one start, and he eventually ended the season on injured reserve with a shoulder injury.
The Redskins now have three right tackles, with Tony Pashos signing earlier this week and second-year Tom Compton already on the roster. The Redskins like Compton, but the former sixth-round pick spent the first 12 weeks on the practice squad. Pashos did not play last season while recovering from a ruptured tendon in his foot.
Tyler Polumbus, who started 16 of 17 games at the position last season, is scheduled to visit Jacksonville on Friday. The Redskins have maintained contact with him, even after the Trueblood signing. However, it's uncertain that they would make another move at that position.
Meanwhile, Alexander said late Wednesday night he left the Redskins because they lowered the amount of his guaranteed money in their last offer Monday. It went from $2.6 million over the weekend, he said, to $1.4 million Monday, with the Redskins citing their salary cap issues as the reason.
Arizona gave Alexander a three-year, $9.5 million deal with $3 million guaranteed and also offered him a chance to start at inside linebacker. Still, leaving was bittersweet.
"I still get emotional when I talk about it," Alexander said. "Being in a place for seven years and then not being able to stay after doing everything the right way, it's probably one of the hardest things."
The Redskins disagreed with Alexander's version of the negotiations. However, over the weekend Alexander had expressed optimism about the negotiations, saying via text message that progress had been made. By Monday afternoon he knew he was gone.
"I love everybody over there," said Alexander, who said he will maintain his home in Ashburn. "It's not like there's burnt bridges. But once the guaranteed money dropped so much, it didn't make sense for me to do it financially. If it was 2.6, I'd be a Redskin."