Falcons to add lineman Tyler Polumbus

Atlanta added another option for the offensive line with the addition of Tyler Polumbus.

The Falcons are set to add depth to the offensive line. Free agent Tyler Polumbus tweeted Wednesday night he will sign with Atlanta.

Polumbus just turned 30 years old last month. He’s 6-8 and weighs 308 pounds. He has spent the last four seasons with the Washington Redskins. Last season Polumbus started seven of the 11 games he played. He started all 16 games for Washington in 2013 and 15 games the previous season.

Polumbus will be reunited with Kyle Shanahan, who is Atlanta’s new offensive coordinator and had the same role under his father in Washington.

Polumbus started his career with Denver and played in 31 games between 2008 and 2009, starting eight games in his second season. Then he moved on to Seattle for the 2010 and 2011 seasons before joining Washington midway through 2011.

This move makes you wonder if the Falcons are going to move longtime tackle Sam Baker inside to guard. They have second-year tackle Jake Matthews and Ryan Schraeder at the position, along with Lamar Holmes. Matthews and Holmes are coming off injuries, while Schraeder is believed to be a perfect fit for the new zone blocking scheme implemented by the new coaching staff.

Polumbus is only the second free agent lineman signed by the Falcons this offseason. The other was Mike Person, who had been penciled in to be possibly replace Justin Blalock at left guard. But Baker may get a shot there, or perhaps Joe Hawley, last year’s original starting center who has also played at guard.

Atlanta had talked with another free agent lineman, Joe Barksdale, who continues to work out for other teams.

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