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Report: Hawks trade for OT Polumbus

Post by Eric Williams on Aug. 31, 2010 at 10:09 am with 35 Comments »
August 31, 2010 10:12 am

The Seattle Seahawks missed him on the waiver wire, but made a deal to bring offensive tackle Tyler Polumbus into the fold. (Hat tip to Brian McIntyre of

According to a report from the Detroit Free Press, the Seahawks traded for Polumbus but it is unknown what the Seahawks gave up in return.

Polumbus was recently released by the Denver Broncos, where he played for offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates in 2008.

The Seahawks tried to claim Polumbus off waivers, but the Lions were higher on the list because of a worse record in 2009.

At 6-8, 320 pounds, Polumbus is a big body who gives Seattle more depth at offensive tackle, where injuries to Russell Okung (ankle) and Ray Willis (knee) have thinned the position.

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  1. snydro22 says:

    And this is why I follow Brian McIntyre. He actually predicted this move last week.

    Great move, great fit. This helps us a ton. We suddenly have a little depth.

    Not the prototypical height for a Gibbs tackle, but fits every other characteristic perfectly and has great zone blocking experience.

  2. chuck_easton says:

    Great move! Given the sub-par play of Locklear I wouldn’t be suprised if Polumbus ends up being the starting RT by week 1.

  3. snydro22 says:

    via Twitter:

    @brian_mcintyre “It’s entirely possible that Polumbus was the league’s worst regular starter during 2nd half of the season” – FOA 2010 #Seahawks

    Hopefully that has more to do with not fitting their scheme than anything else. I’ve only heard positive things about him in the ZBS..

  4. snydro22 says:

    via Twitter:

    brian_mcintyre @snydro81 He’s not an elite talent, but he didn’t fit Denver’s “power” blocking system. #Seahawks clearly felt #Redskins would put claim in

  5. This front office never stops working to make us better. This guy is a Mountain!.

  6. hawkstop says:

    Did beattle juice shrink his head?

  7. Buckle up boyz,,,they are not even close to done.

  8. Dukeshire says:

    Yes, it would seem to be a very good fit. I think this has as much to do with Lock’s poor play as much as injuries.

    I’ll be interested to know what they gave for him…

  9. snydro22 says:



  10. Dukeshire says:

    I wonder if the gave the Lions their 6th round pick back they got for Jackson. If so, that would mean the Lions got Jackson for free. Pretty good move on their part (of course this is speculation on my part).

  11. chuck_easton says:

    Also wondering who gets moved to make room? Team has to be at 75 by today so if Polumbus is in someone’s out.

  12. snydro22 says:

    Duke, my guess would be they got something next to negligible in return. Maybe a conditional 7th? If they did get their 6th back, I’d be okay with that..

  13. snydro22 says:

    Hey Chuck, I think 2 people will have to be cut to make it to 75. We were at 76 before we acquired Polumbus..

  14. chuck_easton says:


    The officially unofficial player roster at only has 75 names on it so I think they somehow got down to the 75 limit before Polumbus came on the scene.

    But then the officially unofficial Depth chart on the teams official site still has Lawrance Jacskon as one of our DE’s so go figure.

  15. snydro22 says:

    Chuck, you might be right. I thought we were at 80 and then cut four, leaving 76. They might have snuck one in when I wasn’t looking..

  16. snydro22 says:

    Well, I didn’t have to look any further than this blog to find out. Eric posted it yesterday – I missed this one:

    “waived/injured defensive tackle Jonathan Lewis”

  17. snydro22 says:

    Has anyone else filled out the extremely long Seahawks survey? I kind of enjoyed it.

  18. griffincsb says:

    If he can fit in and run the ZBS then good pickup. Kind of a curveball reading the tweets about him not being too great though with his past team.

    Off topic- What is going on with K. Balmer? Has he done anything or played since we acquired him? Haven’t heard his name really, haven’t caught any stats or nothing. Is he hurt?

    Thanks guys, and keep it up Eric.

  19. chuck_easton says:

    Balmer played in his first game against the Packers.

    He’s now hurt with an ankle contusion (whatever that is).

  20. snydro22 says:

    By the way, there is a spot in that survey I linked to (it was mailed out by the team) where it asks where you primarily get your news. Tacoma News Tribune is one of the options..

  21. Looks like just a temporary insurance policy just in case Okung and Pitts and Willis are all healing slowly a week from now.

    Hopefully PoJumbo gets cut in a week, because hopefully Okung will be healthy by the opener, and hopefully Pitts and Willis will be healthy soon thereafter. Yeah, lots of hopefully. But I don’t want more crap O linemen. We have some quality guys healing right now.

  22. ljarllrajl says:

    I’ve never seen so much excitement over a 300 lb nothing. You all realize that he was about to be cut twice in one week, right?

  23. chuck_easton says:

    Beggers can’t be choosers when it comes to OL or DL…especially given our injuries and need.

    If your Mamma weighed 300+ pounds (and I’m NOT saying she does…) I’d be just as excited if I heard the team was bringing her in for a looksee.

  24. Once again NFL Rules mess with the Seahawks, Detroit only wanted the guy tas trade bait

  25. ljarllrajl says:

    lmao, I’m pretty sure if my mom could up to 175 by the first game she’d be a better RT than Locklear has been.

  26. griffincsb: as chuck says, Balmer got an ankle contusion in his first preseason game. They though it was a sprain, but its just a bad bruise.

    Watching his first series on tape, the guy looked good. He came in at undertackle in the second half, and on his first play he pushed the pocket and rushed the QB. His second play he make the tackle on the RB. A couple more plays and he got hurt. He has a history as an under-performer, but he looked motivated and looked like he could help.

  27. snydro22 says:

    Polumbus is not a nothing. He did well for Denver running the ZBS in 2008, while Bates was there. He is someone who can legitimately come in and push our current linemen for playing time.

    If you look at who put in claims on him, the Texans and the Seahawks both did, behind Detroit obviously. Detroit knew he would be coveted by the ZBS teams, which he was.

    To say you don’t want him, and to call him a nothing, is just uninformed and short-sighted.

  28. Some players simply don’t fit in certain schemes. If one can block in the ZBS and not in the “power scheme” then I don’t care (as long as we’re ZBSers). This move certainly can’t hurt and with the way Lock has “performed” this is a good thing.

    Lock is probably my biggest surprise of the pre-season. I thought he’d return to being good back at RT. Now, I’d argue that he’s on a very short list of our worst starters (but getting paid big money).

  29. bird_spit says:


    I could not agree with that more. I have a feeling Unger’s play is effected by Lock’s inefficiency. I expected the right side of the line to much better than it is.. Lock’s pass pro has always been questionable, but this year it is truly bad. Here’s hoping the new kid wins that position.

    Next year, I hope we draft LG, DE and RT (1,2,4).

  30. I have been bothered by Unger spending too much time in his own backfield though. He’s had some great looking plays in space, but when it comes time to man up, Unger has been getting pushed back more than he’s won those battles. There is reason for concern with him too. I expected more in this second season (up to this point — I still think he’ll be fine in the long run).

  31. Maybe it is Unger that is hurting Locklear?

  32. chuck_easton says:


    I’m going to agree with you here. At the start of OTA’s everyone was sure Unger was going to be the starting center. When it didn’t happen we were all scratching our heads and doing the collective ‘huh???’.

    When Pitts was signed, again the talk was this would free Unger up to move to center. Didn’t happen. Instead the team moved Hamilton over to be the backup center.

    Maybe the powers that be have seen something (or better yet HAVEN’T seen something) in Unger that makes them believe he’s not ready for prime time? They see these guys every day. We just read the hype and buy into things.

    I wouldn’t at all be suprised if/when Pitts is fully healthy he doesn’t take the RG spot away from Unger. I’ll put it out here now so when it happens I can do the ‘told ya so’ dance.

  33. snydro22 says:

    There were many scouts prior to the draft who didn’t think Unger would be an impact guard/center in the NFL.

    I think Seahawks fans, as a whole, are often guilty of associating draft slot with potential, which just didn’t work under the old regime.. Unger will most likely be an average starter for a few years before injuries or superior talent push him out of the role. He just doesn’t have upside. Kind of like the rest of our team.

  34. griffincsb says:

    Stevos- Thanks for the response. I hadn’t taken a look at him, so I appreciate the insight.
    What is the status on his injury then? Is he gonna be sidelined for a little while or is he going to be plugged in at some point come the regular season opener?

  35. ruminator1 says:

    some analysts have him starting week 1. so clearly he is not “nothing.”

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