The Colts announced today that a few players have signed their tenders, which would allow the team to receive draft pick compensation if they sign with other teams.
Chester Rogers, Matthias Farley, and Marcus Johnson have all signed tenders according to the Colts. All three players had a somewhat significant role for the team last season. But these tenders will allow the Colts to get some compensation if the players sign elsewhere in free agency.
Johnson signed an exclusive rights tender. The wide receiver only played in five games last season before suffering a season ending injury. While he didn’t have a ton of receptions, he did tally a touchdown and showed some potential. He might just need more reps.
Rogers and Farley signed restricted free agent tenders. Rogers had a rough start to the season, having dropped a decent amount of balls. He had 53 catches a season ago, but only had two of those for touchdowns. Losing him would not be a significant blow.
If Rogers did leave for another team, the Colts would get a second round draft pick out of it. That is significant compensation for someone that they signed as an undrafted free agent. They should want another team to sign him so they can get that draft pick.
Farley also signed a free agent tender. Farley is far more intriguing as a prospect. He started 15 games in 2017 and totaled 95 tackles, 2 interceptions, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery. This past season though, he only played in 5 games before getting hurt.
Farley also has a second round tender on him. The Colts would feel that loss a little bit though. Farley seems to have a knack for the ball and can make plays in big situations. He is a great backup to have to oft injured Clayton Geathers.
It remains to be seen if any of these guys will garner interest from another team. But if they do, the Colts could have even more draft picks later this month or next season.