Colts Sign TE Sean McGrath, Waive Jean Sifrin
Having just signed hometown product Camaron Beard today, the Indianapolis Colts made another roster move as the team signed former Kansas City Chiefs tight end Sean McGrath and waived rookie undrafted free agent Jean Sifrin in a corresponding move.
Via the team’s official press release:
"“The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agent tight end Sean McGrath and waived tight end Jean Sifrin.McGrath, 6-5, 247 pounds, has played in 18 games (nine starts) over his NFL career and has caught 26 passes for 302 yards (11.6 avg.) and two touchdowns. He has also appeared in three postseason contests. McGrath spent the entire 2014 season on the Kansas City Chiefs Reserve/Did Not Report list prior to being reinstated and waived on April 15, 2015. In 2013, McGrath played in 16 games (nine starts) with the Chiefs and registered 26 catches for 302 yards and two touchdowns. He also saw action in the Chiefs lone playoff game. McGrath originally entered the league with the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent in 2012. He spent part of his rookie season on the Seahawks practice squad before being promoted to the active roster and playing in the team’s final two regular season games and two playoff contests. He spent all of 2013 training camp with the Seahawks before being released and claimed off waivers by the Chiefs.Collegiately, McGrath played two seasons (2010-11) at Henderson State and finished with 61 receptions for 717 yards and four touchdowns. As a junior in 2010, he was named First Team All-Gulf South Conference and First Team Daktronics All-Region after catching 55 passes for 656 yards and four touchdowns. Prior to Henderson State, McGrath spent three years (2006-08) at Eastern Illinois and registered 28 receptions for 301 yards and three touchdowns.Sifrin, 6-5, 245 pounds, originally signed with the Colts as an undrafted free agent on May 5, 2015. He played in 11 games (nine starts) in one season at Massachusetts and caught 42 passes for 642 yards and six touchdowns. Prior to UMass, Sifrin played at El Camino Junior College and ASA College in Brooklyn.”"
It’s worth noting that McGrath was actually out of football last season, as he elected to retire from football due to personal reasons. However, it was reported that he planned on returning in April to resume his professional playing career, just no longer with the Kansas City Chiefs after being waived. The 3-year veteran spent all of last season on the team’s reserve/did not report list.
Dec 8, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tight end Sean McGrath (84) runs with the ball against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedEx Field. The Chiefs won 45 – 10. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
The 27 year old tight end is just one season removed from a fairly productive year with the Chiefs in 2013, when he caught 26 receptions for 302 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns, but is most regarded for his blocking ability. He’ll look to me a successful comeback attempt with the Colts and potentially compete with Jack Doyle for the 3rd tight end spot.
It’s a tough break for Sifrin, who was one of the more highly touted undrafted rookie free agents on the Colts. The former flag football star, turned UMass standout was looking to make the Colts as a 27-year old rookie tight end, having had a longer road to the NFL than most.
Both 27 years old, it appears that the Colts elected to go with the veteran McGrath’s more polished game over Sifrin’s raw ability, as the team was clearly comfortable with shaking up its tight end position today.
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