In case you missed it, the Bengals agreed to a deal with free agent guard/center Mike Pollack, who spent most of the 2012 season on injured reserve with the Carolina Panthers. Pollack was actually a good starter in his time with the Indianapolis Colts. In his last two seasons there he finished with a +3.3 (2011) and a +2.9 (2010). Typically, a +3.0 grade means you’re around a top-30 guard.
At first glance, this looks like nothing more than a move made to add depth to an offensive line that saw two starters suffer significant injuries in 2012. Center Kyle Cook and guard Travelle Wharton missed a combined 20 games, and having better depth could help brace for any unfortunate injuries suffered in 2013.
This could also signal the release of one of the higher-paid veterans. Travelle Wharton is coming off of a torn ACL at age 31, and he is making $2.68 million in 2013.
If Pollack can adequately play both guard and center, it could also make Kyle Cook expendable if he loses a training camp battle with Travelle Wharton for the starting center role.