Indianapolis Colts Sign Free Agent Guard Matt Slauson
The Colts added some depth along the interior of their offensive line by signing veteran guard/center Matt Slauson.
Offensive guard is one of the Colts biggest needs this offseason as general manager Chris Ballard has been tasked with finally fixing the offensive line in Indianapolis. With Andrew Luck hopefully coming back in 2018, they need to add some reliable offensive linemen to keep him healthy.
Matt Slauson has racked up 108 starts during his eight-year NFL career spending the last two seasons with the Chargers. He’s been an above-average guard for most of his career, and he’s also been a solid center when asked to play there.
With Ryan Kelly slotted in at the center position, Slauson will almost certainly play guard in Indianapolis next season.
Slauson has been durable playing in all 16 games in six of his eight seasons in the NFL, but he’s coming off of a torn biceps that ended his season after seven games in 2017. However, Slauson said that he’s “totally cleared and ready to roll” and that he won’t have “any restrictions lifting-wise or playing-wise.”
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The Colts were reportedly a favorite to land Andrew Norwell in free agency, but the best guard on the open market ended up signing with the division-rival Jaguars on the first day of the new league year. Josh Sitton has also been taken off the market after being signed by the Dolphins.
There are a few quality guards still available this offseason and this is a pretty strong draft class at the position. I’d expect Chris Ballard to add another guard or two before the offseason is over.