Former Colts 1st Rounder Bjoern Werner Signs with Jaguars

Oct 5, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts defender Bjoern Werner(92) goes up against a Baltimore Ravens defender in the second half at Lucas Oil Stadium. Colts won, 20-13. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sportss
Oct 5, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts defender Bjoern Werner(92) goes up against a Baltimore Ravens defender in the second half at Lucas Oil Stadium. Colts won, 20-13. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sportss /
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According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan, former Indianapolis Colts 2013 first round pick Bjoern Werner has signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars:

The 6’3″, 255 pound pass rusher was released by the Colts earlier this offseason after three seasons of ineffectiveness and injuries. The 3-year veteran had 81 tackles and 6.5 sacks while with the Colts.

Sep 21, 2014; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles (5) eludes Indianapolis Colts outside linebacker Bjoern Werner (92) during the third quarter at EverBank Field. The Indianapolis Colts defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars 44-17. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 21, 2014; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles (5) eludes Indianapolis Colts outside linebacker Bjoern Werner (92) during the third quarter at EverBank Field. The Indianapolis Colts defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars 44-17. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports /

While Werner is a native of Berlin, Germany, he did play his collegiate football at Florida State University in Tallahassee, which is just a 2 hour and 30 minute drive from Jacksonville, Florida along I-10 East. In that sense, it’s a bit of a homecoming for Werner.

Both the Colts and Werner desperately needed a fresh start. It was clear that Werner was never going to live up to his high draft billing with the Colts and had clearly fallen out of favor in the outside linebacker rotation.

Meanwhile, Werner played his best football at Florida State with two hands in the dirt, and there’s an argument to be made of whether he was somewhat miscast as a free-standing pass rushing outside linebacker in the Colts 3-4 defensive scheme.

If nothing else, he figures to be a better strongside linebacker for his new team against the run than a pass rushing outside linebacker that he was initially envisioned to be by the Colts.

For the Colts, they’ll get to face their former first round pick twice next season with one of the games being held in London.