The Colts added some veteran depth to their corps of linebackers by signing former Philadelphia Eagle Najee Goode.
Inside linebacker may have been the Colts’ biggest need heading into this offseason.
General manager Chris Ballard didn’t address that hole on the roster thus far in free agency. In fact, they lost their only quality linebacker from last season as Jon Bostic signed with the Steelers.
Antonio Morrison is the lone linebacker currently on the Colts’ roster that has played significant snaps in Indianapolis.
The Colts are hoping to see a step forward from Anthony Walker in his second year as a pro, but they’ll need to add more talent at linebacker to field an adequate defense next season.
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The signing of Najee Goode won’t solve the linebacker problem, but he will bring some experience that the Colts currently lack at that position.
Goode hasn’t enjoyed much playing time on defense during his six year career with five of them coming in Philadelphia.
He’s started a total of four games in his career with 32 total tackles on defense. He could get on the field in passing situations for defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus, and Goode will probably play on a majority of the special teams units in Indianapolis.
The Colts will almost certainly be looking to pick up a linebacker in the first two rounds of the upcoming draft, and there are some talented prospects at that position that can come in and contribute right away.
Chris Ballard is almost certainly not done adding talent at linebacker after this acquisition.