Colts Re-Sign Running Back Christine Michael
The Colts continue to be busy in free agency. The team decided to re-sign a running back that didn’t see the field all of last season.
The Colts announced that they have re-signed running back Christine Michael. Michael was signed by the Colts last season to improve their depth at the running back position. Michael was put on injured reserve 14 days after signing with the Colts.
The contract terms were not disclosed. But it stands to reason that the Colts didn’t sign him long-term. Most of their deals in this free agency cycle have been short-term deals. And with Michael’s injury history, I can’t see them signing him for too long.
The Colts announced the signing via twitter.
Local media was quick to show their opinions on the signing as well.
The team needs running back depth. That is the only reason why the Colts made this signing. He was put on injured reserve during mini camp last season, and was only a Colt for about 14 days. He doesn’t have a ton of experience as a primary ball carrier.
Michael would more than likely be a backup or a third down back. He does have some receiving skills however. He is an effective pass catcher out of the backfield and can gain yards after the catch. Michael is also able to run well in goaline situations. He had 7 touchdowns with the Seahawks in 2016.
The Colts made this signing to see if Michael as anything to give to them. He never got a chance to show what he could do this past season because of the injury in mini camp. The injury is certainly a concern for the team moving forward, but hardly a liability based on the almost certain short-term nature of the contract.
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If Michael can do anything with the Colts, this will count as a win. But as far as making them a better team, this signing has a minimal impact.