INDIANAPOLIS – While the NFL opened the new league year which means free agency period began, the Indianapolis Colts didn’t make a ton of moves today. That’s something they haven’t said in a while. Under previous general manager Ryan Grigson, the Colts were a common buyer on the first day of the free agency period. This year, they made one trade and signed two players.
The deal announced yesterday trading tight end Dwayne Allen and a sixth round pick to the New England Patriots for a fourth rounder was confirmed as the Colts gained a third draft pick in Round 4.
Then, the Colts signed Pat McAfee’s replacement in former Minnesota Vikings punter Jeff Locke. The former Viking spend four years in Minnesota, as Locke, 27, averaged 43.2 yards per punt and 38.8 net per punt on average of the last four seasons. He will also likely handle the kickoff duties like McAfee did as well.
The other signing was of linebacker Barkevious Mingo. He comes via free agency too last playing for the Patriots. He was acquired last August from Cleveland to New England. He signed a one-year, $2.5-million contract on Thursday afternoon with the Colts.
It’s a low risk move as Mingo isn’t breaking the bank on a one-year deal. If he doesn’t pan out, he’s not taking a lot off the books. Plus, if it doesn’t work, he’s a free agent in 2018. But, if it does work, it’s a steal as Mingo has the capability to be very good if he wants.
He didn’t get a lot of time on the field in New England playing just 47 defensive snaps, all in garbage time. They cite he was too small (6-foot-4, 240-pounds) to be a run stuffer and the right size either to be an edge setter. It was the same reason why he didn’t fit in Cleveland.
But, Indianapolis is a different scheme and one that he hopes to be able to thrive in.
He has 119 career tackles and seven sacks. Mingo, 26 also had one interception.