The Colts have announced that they have signed a safety to increase the depth in the back of the secondary. That safety is Thomas.
Shamarko Thomas has been signed by the Indianapolis Colts. This move is slightly surprising given the fact that the Colts actually have some depth at the safety position. But clearly they want to add some depth at that position to protect against injury.
Thomas has only started two games in his NFL career. He started his career in Pittsburgh, where he played the first four years of his career. He then played in Buffalo last season, where he played in 12 games mostly on special teams.
The Colts announced the signing on their twitter account.
Having Thomas on the roster is nothing more than adding depth and getting a decent special teams player. Thomas hasn’t done anything in his NFL career to warrant being put on the field in any sort of starting role, or even a backup role for that matter.
This move seems to be strictly about adding another body in camp or just having an insurance policy against Matthias Farley and others getting hurt at that strong safety position. It does raise some questions however.
This signing could indicate that the Colts don’t trust T.J. Green anymore. He was under pressure to perform before this, but now that might be ratcheted up even more. Thomas won’t push for playing time, but he might push for a roster spot and that should worry Green.
It will be interesting to see if the Colts make similar signings as training camp starts to unfold.