Colts Hold Workout with Free Agent DB Will Blackmon

CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 24: Will Blackmon
CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 24: Will Blackmon /

The Indianapolis Colts hosted free agent defensive back Will Blackmon for a work out recently.

Blackmon, a 33 year old veteran, most recently played for the Washington Redskins, and has also played for the Green Bay Packers, the New York Giants, and the Jacksonville Jaguars. He did not play in the 2017 season after being released by the Washington Redskins during training camp.

Blackmon played college football for the Boston College Eagles, and was drafted in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Packers. With the Packers, he was primarily a return specialist, but he did also make two starts at cornerback.

In total, he has appeared in 96 games in his 10 season career and has started in 30 of them. He has accumulated 155 tackles in his career and has forced nine fumbles. He has also had four career interceptions and has deflected 22 passes.

Blackmon most likely would not be a key contributor for the Colts in 2018 if they were to sign him. However, his abundance of experience in the NFL could be very beneficial to some of the younger defensive backs on the team such as Malik Hooker, T.J. Green, Nate Hairston, and Quincy Wilson. He could also be a mentor to any defensive backs that general manager Chris Ballard decides to select in the upcoming draft.

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A move for Blackmon would be unlikely to come until after the draft. Chris Ballard and the Colts will need to evaluate who they have, and whether using a roster spot on the aging veteran is necessary considering the other holes that the team needs to fill. This would be another frugal, low-risk signing by Chris Ballard and the Colts.