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Mike Pollak signs with Panthers

Mike Pollak,  Ben Ijalana AP

When the Panthers released Travelle Wharton to save room under the salary cap, they opened up a starting spot on their offensive line.

It could be filled by Mike Pollak. The team announced Thursday that they have signed the former Colts guard to a one-year contract. Pollak started 41 of 58 games for the Colts since joining the team as a second-round pick in 2008. He was more successful as a pass blocker than a run blocker while with Indianapolis, but not good enough to stop others from taking his job in two of the last three seasons.

The Panthers previously re-signed Geoff Hangartner, who started at right guard last season. Between Hangartner, Pollak and Garry Williams, the Panthers should find their starting guards, unless, of course, the draft brings another option.

The team also announced the signing of linebacker Kenny Onatolu. Onatolu has been a special teams stalwart for the Vikings and is expected to play a similar role with the Panthers next season.

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9 Responses to “Mike Pollak signs with Panthers”
  1. 4ever19 says: Mar 23, 2012 10:03 AM

    I missed the Colts releasing him. Can’t understand why he would be picked up, though. Never really did much.

  2. lollygagger8 says: Mar 23, 2012 10:17 AM

    I’m 1000% OK with the Colts getting rid of him.

  3. blue18hutthutt says: Mar 23, 2012 10:17 AM

    This guy is terrible – this isn’t a move that makes your team better

  4. xli2006 says: Mar 23, 2012 10:33 AM

    The Colts thought he would be the one to replace Jeff Saturday. Then he played a few seasons and it was obvious that was NOT going to happen.

    Nice guy, met him in Miami but unfortunately he’s a depth chart Guard at best.

  5. 5against1 says: Mar 23, 2012 10:56 AM

    Good thing Cam Newton is mobile. This dude spends more time on his back than Kim Kardashian.

  6. ty46 says: Mar 23, 2012 10:59 AM

    Strange that none of you realize that Pollak is one of those centers who can’t play guard , but was forced to his entire career.

  7. dexterismyhero says: Mar 23, 2012 12:32 PM

    Is Drew Brees still speechless?

  8. rajbais says: Mar 23, 2012 12:34 PM

    Pollak is still in the league???

    He couldn’t even replace Jeff Saturday!!!

  9. peester15 says: Mar 23, 2012 5:17 PM

    Which guy is Pollak?? guy on the right or left?

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