The Colts signed several players last offseason to just one year deals. They did that to see if they could prove that they were worth an investment. Will the Colts sign back one of them they signed at linebacker?
Najee Goode was signed from the defending Super Bowl champion Eagles. He was signed to give the linebacker position some depth, and maybe have him start as well. Goode has only started four games in his career, and didn’t start any this season in Indy.
Goode has played most of his career in special teams though. He was not great this year though, only tallying 15 tackles. He wasn’t out there very often on the defensive side of the ball though, he didn’t add any value for the Colts in his one year deal.
Because of that, I would be very surprised to see him come back to the Colts. He is 30 years old and only plays special teams. Although his special teams play has been pretty good, it hasn’t been good enough to justify re-signing him to any sort of deal.
The Colts can get younger linebackers who play well on special teams who could actually develop to help them on defense too. Goode isn’t even worth another one year deal. The Colts should just cut him loose and let him go to another team.
Expect Chris Ballard to look elsewhere for linebacker depth. I would be surprised to see Goode still on this roster when it comes time for training camp. Goode is an old dog who only has one trick, and that trick isn’t good enough to eat up a roster spot any longer.