Chris Ballard was a busy man on Monday as he signed two new players, one on each side of the ball. Both will add some much needed depth and produce some competition among those positions in training camp. The first signing was a four-year vet in offensive lineman Brian Schwenke.
In four seasons with the Titans, Schwenke saw action in a similar fashion as the departing Jonotthan Harrison (a 2017 restricted free agent of the Colts, who was not retained).
“We are excited to add Brian to our offensive line group,” Ballard said in a team release. “Brian’s versatility was what made him most attractive to us and he will provide more competition at the position group.”
Schwenke, like Harrison, was a center for the bulk of his time in Tennessee, but did see some action at left guard this past year. At 6-3 and 318 pounds, Schwenke was taken in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft and started 28 games with the Titans.
Schwenke, was the first offensive outside free agent signed by Ballard.
Then, the Colts signed Margus Hunt later on after that. Hunt, is massive (6-8 and 295 pounds) who just saw his rookie contract expire after being taken in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals.
“Margus has rare size, speed and athleticism,” Ballard said in a team release. “He has good experience on defense and is a significant contributor on special teams as well. I’m excited to see how he progresses this year.”
A budding track career brought Hunt over from the country of Estonia in 2007. Hunt, enrolled at SMU. But when the men’s track and field program was dropped, Hunt went looking elsewhere for his athletic craving.
The SMU football team took Hunt in and, as you would expect, the 6-8 defensive end was a terror in blocking kicks. What Hunt does on special teams has been his greatest impact in the NFL game (three blocked kicks).
Hunt, 29, never cracked the starting lineup in four years with the Bengals. He leaves Cincinnati with 29 career tackles and 1.5 sacks in 44 games.
The Colts, will certainly throw Hunt into the mix along the defensive line, a group that only lost one player this offseason (Zach Kerr, who signed with Denver on Monday).
Hunt will have a chance to compete for a depth spot, with starters Henry Anderson and Kendall Langford returning to full health.
The Colts still have Hassan Ridgeway, T.Y. McGill, David Parry and Arthur Jones under contract along the defensive line.