The Cincinnati Bengals were closing in on an agreement with free agent guard Mike Pollak, who spent his first four seasons with the Indianapolis Colts before a one-game tour in Carolina last season. Through five seasons Pollak has played 59 games, 41 as a starter.
If signed, Pollak would be tabbed as a backup guard on the offseason roster, as well as training camp. Sure. This presents an opportunity that allows Cincinnati to release Travelle Wharton. But while the reasoning could be salary cap related on the surface, Wharton suffered a serious knee injury during the preseason last year, which may require additional time to rehabilitate. With camps/workouts/practices coming and the need for a backup guard, Pollak is the type of player that adds bodies to the roster.
According to Tony Pauline with NFLDraftInsider.net, an agreement has been reached. This was later confirmed by Joe Reedy with the Cincinnati Enquirer.
And the #bengals will have at least two signings in free agency. Team has agreed to terms with offensive lineman Mike Pollak— Joe Reedy (@joereedy) April 12, 2013
The team hasn't made an announcement (they never do until a contract is signed).