Quan Bray, Erik Swoope Sign Colts Exclusive Rights Free Agent Tenders
The Indianapolis Colts announced on Monday that two of its players, wide receiver (special teams returnman) Quan Bray and tight end Erik Swoope, have signed their exclusive rights free agent tenders with the team respectively.
An exclusive rights free agent has no more than two accrued seasons in the league and can only sign with his prior team–assuming that the team has already extended a minimum qualifying offer to the player (which the Colts did to both players earlier this offseason).
It certainly helps both the Colts depth and special teams ability now that Swoope and Bray are officially back with the team–especially with Indianapolis’ offseason workout program beginning on Monday.
Signed as an undrafted free agent in 2014 as a converted basketball standout from Miami (Fla.), Swoope appears to have successfully made the transition into a legitimate NFL caliber tight end.
The 6’5″, 257 pound tight end is coming off a breakout season in which he caught 15 receptions for 297 receiving yards and a touchdown reception in 16 games (4 starts)–showcasing his impressive speed and athleticism at the position.
With the Colts trading starter Dwayne Allen to the New England Patriots earlier this offseason, Swoope is currently in-line to become the team’s 2nd tight end behind primary tight end Jack Doyle.
Otherwise, Bray will provide the Colts additional wide receiver depth lower on the depth chart. However, his real calling card is his ability as a special teams returnman.
The 5’10”, 186 pound returner appeared in 6 games for the Colts last season before suffering a season-ending ankle injury.
However, prior to being placed on injured reserve, Bray was tied for 4th in the NFL in longest kick return average at 25.7 yards per kick return in 2016.
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With backup running back and fellow special teams returnman Jordan Todman remaining unsigned by the Colts–who filled in for Bray as the team’s kickoff returnman, the latter projects to be Indianapolis’ primary special teams returnman once again.