The Falcons announced that they have parted ways with tackle Tyler Polumbus. In a related move, Atlanta has signed tight end Mickey Shuler.
Polumbus played under offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan with Washington and the two were reunited in May when the Falcons signed the tackle to a one-year deal. However, Polumbus played a grand total of six snaps before his time with Atlanta came to an end. The 30-year-old was Washington’s primary right tackle for the last three seasons, but his services were no longer needed in D.C. this year with No. 5 overall pick Brandon Scherff taking over the position.
Polumbus began the 2014 season as the starting right tackle for Washington, but he was supplanted in Week 8 by Tom Compton. Pro Football Focus (subscription required) wasn’t crazy about his play across seven starts and eleven total games, giving him a -12.6 overall grade and placing him just 62nd out of 84 qualified tackles. He was much better in the previous year, however, earning a 14.0 overall score and ranking amongst the top 20 tackles in the NFL.
Shuler, 6-4, 247 pounds, was originally selected by the Vikings in the seventh round (214th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft. He was later signed to the Falcons practice squad on September 1, 2013 where he spent the 2013 season. Now, he’ll be with Atlanta’s varsity squad.