The Indianapolis Colts took another plunge into the CFL market. Just days after officially signing CFL star wideout Duron Carter, the team has also signed one of the league’s top offensive lineman in Ben Heenan.
At a listed 6’4″, 310 pounds, Heenan played last season with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Originally from Regina, Saskatchewan, Heenan was the 1st pick in the 2012 CFL Draft and helped the Roughriders win the Grey Cup in 2013.
According to Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun, the Indianapolis Colts were among a handful of teams that were interested in signing the 24 year old standout offensive lineman Heenan:
While it’s unclear where exactly Heenan will project, the Colts could use additional depth on their offensive line, and he may be able to even compete for a starting job in 2015, specifically at starting right guard which remains unsettled.
According to CJME News, Heenan played at both guard and right tackle over the past 3 seasons with the Saskatchewan Roughriders and was one of their “better offensive lineman”. The team reportedly released Heenan on Monday of this week, so that he could sign with an NFL team, although he was set to become a free agent on February 10th regardless.
Per Kevin Bowen of Colts.com, General Manager Ryan Grigson had the following to say about Heenan, ““His size and athleticism intrigued us on the film and it was then verified in his workout here at our facility.”
It marks just the latest standout that Grigson has snagged from “North of the Border”, as the team has previously signed linebackers Jerrell Freeman and Henoc Muamba, in addition to Carter and Heenan this offseason. For the latter, he’s obviously already really excited about joining his new team: