Indianapolis Colts Sign Defensive End Chris McCain
The Colts have added another player to their group of pass rushers as they’ve signed former Chargers edge defender Chris McCain.
The Colts signed a couple of solid pass rushers last season in John Simon and Jabaal Sheard, and they got some decent production out of them in 2017.
General manager Chris Ballard has been looking to add some depth on the edge of their defensive line again this offseaso, and he may have found a bargain in Chris McCain.
McCain is tall and slender at 6′ 5″ 224 pounds, so he won’t be able to contribute much against the run on early downs.
However, he’s become a pass rush specialist over his four year career, and he’s coming off of a career-high 5 sack season with the Chargers in 2017. He also recorded 19 total tackles and forced 2 fumbles with Los Angeles last year.
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McCain entered the offseason as a restricted free agent, and the Colts were able to lure him away from Southern California.
Indianapolis had to waive tight end Randall Telfer to create an open roster spot for McCain. The Colts had just signed Telfer yesterday, but they released him with a failed physical designation.
Telfer has now been a member of two botched transactions in the past week after the Chiefs and Browns backed out of a trade involving him.
McCain will certainly have a better chance of making the roster than Telfer did.
I believe McCain is both a more talented and established player than Telfer, and tight end wasn’t a big need for the Colts as they’ve already addressed that position this offseason.
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If McCain can repeat his production from last season in 2018, he’ll be a valuable member of this defense.