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Redskins Sign Former Tampa Bay Tackle Jeremy Trueblood

The lineman was a starter for most of his seven seasons in Tampa Bay, and he’ll look to fill that role as the Redskins seek an answer at right tackle.

BY ZAC BOYER

The Redskins announced Thursday they have signed Jeremy Trueblood, marking their first foray into the market to obtain a player once under another team’s control since the start of unrestricted free agency on Tuesday.

Trueblood, a 6-foot-8, 320-pound offensive tackle, spent the last seven seasons in Tampa Bay. A starter during much of his tenure with the Buccaneers, he was benched for Demar Dotson after the opener last season and played in only nine games before a shoulder injury ended his season.

According to a person familiar with the negotiations, Trueblood signed a one-year contract for $840,000, the minimum for a player with his experience.

Tampa Bay worked primarily in a power scheme during Trueblood’s years, and he’ll have to adapt to the requirements of zone blocking for potentially the first time since college. As of now, it appears he’ll compete with Tony Pashos, who was signed last weekend, as well as Tom Compton and Maurice Hurt for the opportunity to start at right tackle.

Last year’s starter, Tyler Polumbus, is visiting Jacksonville on Thursday, according to multiple reports, while backup Jordan Black and Jammal Brown, injured all of last season, are also free agents.

Drafted in the second round out of Boston College in 2006, Trueblood becomes the fourth player the Redskins have signed from Tampa Bay over the past 12 months, joining receiver Dezmon Briscoe, safety Tanard Jackson and offensive lineman James Lee. All played for defensive backs coach Raheem Morris when he was the Buccaneers’ head coach; only Briscoe was on the active roster last season.

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