The Indianapolis Colts announced on Tuesday that the team has signed undrafted rookie free agent safety Lee Hightower.
The 6’2″, 200 pound senior safety recorded 53 tackles, 1 interception, 1 forced fumble, and 2 passes defensed in 14 games for the University of Houston this past season.
Hightower played his final 2 collegiate seasons with the Cougars, having initially transferred from Boise State.
While Hightower went undrafted, he received interest from the Houston Texans–trying out for them during their prospect day, as well as from other NFL teams such as the New England Patriots, Cleveland Browns, and San Francisco 49ers before this year’s NFL Draft.
With early training camp injuries to projected starters Clayton Geathers (broken foot) and Mike Adams (sprained ankle), as well as to T.J. Green (strained calf)–who has since returned, the Colts safety depth has already been significantly tested. Right now, nickelback Darius Butler has subsequently been receiving 1st team reps at safety due to injuries at the position.
The team waived-injured fellow undrafted rookie safety Andrew Williamson on Monday, so Hightower presumably replaces him on the active roster as additional depth for the position.