Colts Agree to Terms With Guard Todd Herremans


The Indianapolis Colts continued their foray into free agency over the weekend. Today the Colts announced that they had signed former Eagles guard Todd Herremans.

The 10-year veteran has started 124-of-127 games possible for Philadelphia, but has had a few season hampered by injury. Last season Herremans tore his biceps in Week 9 and was sent to IR.

The Colts reportedly signed him to a one-year deal worth $3.5 million.

Herremans was cut by the Eagles to save $2.8 million in cap as part of coach Chip Kelly’s bloodletting in Philadelphia.

Herremans spoke with ESPN’s Josina Anderson on joining the Colts:

"It was a different experience for me going through trying to find a whole new team. Indy seems like a good fit for me and a good opportunity to start. I want to compete for a Super Bowl. I’ve been close before but never quite close enough. I had a good time speaking with their offensive line coach and their general manager Ryan Grigson. I know him from when he was in Philadelphia. It was good to reconnect. I have a good feeling about it. I’m really excited to get started."

While Herremans didn’t have a great season last year, and really struggled in pass protection, he has been a very good run blocker. Pro Football Focus had him with the second highest run blocking grade for a guard in 2013.

Herremans will have every opportunity to start for the Colts as they have had a revolving door at the right guard position for the past few seasons. Hugh Thornton hasn’t quite developed the way the team has hoped and he’s struggled to stay healthy, often missing a game or two with small injuries.

This move might signal that Donald Thomas‘ days with the team are over. He’s spent the majority of the past two seasons on injured reserve and its honestly surprising that he’s still with the team right now.

The move helps add a veteran presence to a very young offensive line. Herremans is versatile offensive lineman and can play guard or tackle if needed.