INDIANAPOLIS – After a pretty non-eventful first day of the NFL free agency period for the Indianapolis Colts, they made three more moves on Friday. First, they brought in linebacker John Simon previously from the Houston Texans in a new three-year deal. Simon, had 51 tackles in 11 games last season after getting 53 more in 2015, during which he played all 16 games. Last year, he missed five games due to a chest injury, as his three-year tenure in Houston was pretty encouraging.
He should compete for one of the two outside linebacker spots joining newly signed linebacker Barkevious Mingo in the now younger unit.
The second move today was the Colts waiving cornerback Patrick Robinson as well. Robinson, 5-11, 191 pounds, was signed by the Colts as an unrestricted free agent in 2016. He played in just seven games last season and totaled 26 tackles (20 solo), five passes defensed and one forced fumble. In seven NFL seasons with the Colts (2016), San Diego Chargers (2015) and New Orleans Saints (2010-14), Robinson has compiled 260 tackles (211 solo), 10 interceptions, 59 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and 1.0 sack.
Injuries and inconsistent play by Robinson led to his departure after just one year, as new GM Chris Ballard is trying to make this defense younger but also sending a message that inconsistent play isn’t going to fly with him.
Then, the final move Friday afternoon was signing another defensive player in lineman in Jabaal Sheard. The 27-year old defensive end played his last two years with New England totaling 70 tackles and 13 sacks in his two years there. Prior to that, he played four years with the Cleveland Browns playing all 16 games in all but one year there.
He’s a tremendous upgrade to this defense too.
The other two moves the Colts made so far has been signing punter Jeff Locke to replace Pat McAfee and trading Dwayne Allen and their sixth round pick to the New England Patriots for their fourth rounder.