Colts Re-Sign Linebacker Sean Spence

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - AUGUST 13: Jace Billingsley
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - AUGUST 13: Jace Billingsley /

Veteran linebacker Sean Spence was released as the Colts cut their roster down to 53 players, but he’s back on the team after just one week.

New general manager Chris Ballard wanted to bring some veteran leadership into their linebacker room this offseason, so he went out and signed LB Sean Spence in free agency. Ballard signed Spence to a one-year $2.5 million contract this offseason, but he failed to make the 53-man roster out of training camp.

Spence didn’t play at all in his rookie season with the Steelers, but he’s played in 46 games over the past three seasons. The former third round draft pick played his first three NFL seasons in Pittsburgh before joining the Titans for the 2016 season.

Spence was passed up on the depth chart by young linebackers Antonio Morrison and Anthony Walker Jr., but both of them are currently day-to-day with injuries and their status is in question for Sunday’s game against the Cardinals.

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With the team in a pinch at linebacker, it was easier to bring someone in who had spent the whole preseason learning the Colts’ defensive system. Ballard signed Spence to a new one-year contract worth $775,000, and Spence is hoping to make a better impression on his second go-around in Indianapolis.

Spence is a versatile linebacker who can play both inside and outside, and the Colts might expect him to contribute on special teams if he can’t factor into the linebacker rotation. If Morrison and Walker Jr. are both out this Sunday, Spence could be seeing a lot of playing time right away.