Colts Sign Pair of Veteran Cornerbacks

SANTA CLARA, CA - DECEMBER 20: Chris Culliver
SANTA CLARA, CA - DECEMBER 20: Chris Culliver /

The Colts are nervous about their current situation at cornerback, so they’re bringing in a couple of veterans to heat up the competition.

Indianapolis had the 26th-ranked pass defense last season, so they drafted three defensive backs in the first five rounds in an attempt to solve that issue. While it looks like the safety position should be fine with Malik Hooker and Darius Butler, the Colts have some major question marks at cornerback.

Second round draft pick Quincy Wilson was expected to win the number two cornerback job opposite of Vontae Davis, but he’s had a disappointing training camp and was jumped on the depth chart by fifth round rookie Nate Hairston and veteran Rashaan Melvin.

Neither Hairston or Melvin has played up to the level that the Colts would like out of a number two corner, so they signed a couple of veteran cornerbacks on Monday.

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General manager Chris Ballard signed former AFC East cornerbacks Corey White and Chris Culliver to compete for a spot on the CB depth chart.

White is a five-year veteran who has played for four different NFL teams. He played corner and safety for the Bills last season starting four games and playing 421 snaps. White recorded 4 pass deflections and 21 tackles during his one year in Buffalo.

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Chris Culliver was a key piece of the 49ers’ secondary during their successful years under Jim Harbaugh. However, he tore his ACL in 2015 and hasn’t played an NFL snap since.

It’s difficult to expect White or Culliver to come in and play at a high level this season, but one of them could provide an upgrade over the Colts’ current cornerbacks.