28-year-old interior offensive lineman Mike Pollak was a second-round pick by the Indianapolis Colts out of Arizona State University in the 2008 NFL Draft. Pollak played in 13, 14, 16, and 15 games in each of his four seasons with the Colts before not being re-signed by the team in last year’s free agency. The Carolina Panthers took a flier on Pollak in late March, and they signed him to a one-year deal.
However, Pollak’s time with the Panthers was not the best in 2012. The depth signing only played in one game due to a severe shoulder injury, as he only played in the Panthers Week 1 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Pollak was promptly placed on the injured reserve about a month later in early October, and he is now just starting to generate interest late in the free agent period.
According to NFL Insider Adam Caplan, the Cincinnati Bengals worked out Mike Pollak yesterday, and he would bring the Bengals some versatile, veteran depth at both guard and center. He’s just a utility backup at this point in his career, and he actually lost his starting job with the Colts back in the 2011 season. A large part of that is because Pollak isn’t exactly starting material, and that’s because he offers absolutely nothing as a run blocker. Although he is a terrible run blocker, Pollak is a decent pass blocker and, again, provides versatile depth.
We’ll see if Pollak ends up signing with the Bengals following the work out, but the fact that he is starting to generate significant interest is a good sign for the former Colt.
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