Another Colts player has decided to sign somewhere else in this offseason, but at least this one moved out west.
Al Woods has decided to leave the Colts and sign with Seattle according to reports. Woods is the second Colt in recent days to leave and sign with another team. Woods was initially signed in 2017 and played two seasons in Indianapolis.
During his time with the Colts, Woods was a mainstay in the lineup. He only missed two games in the two years he was here. In 2017, he started all 16 games at nose tackle. But after the Colts switched defensive schemes and moved to a 4-3, Woods became more expendable.
Woods only had 24 tackles this past season as opposed to the 44 he had the year before. The move to the new system was clearly affecting his production. Also with the team drafting a defensive lineman, the line was starting to get pretty darn crowded.
Woods moves on to a rebuilding defense in Seattle, and the Colts have a more settled defensive line. That line will likely include Jabaal Sheard, Margus Hunt, Denico Autry, and Justin Houston as starters, with Tyquan Lewis and Kemoko Turay seeing significant time as well.
The partially new-look defensive line should be a very productive unit this season. They have several good players who can rotate in and out of the lineup without taking a dip in production. Because of that, the entire defense should be better.
Woods was generally good for the Colts in his two years in Indy. But with him being 32 years old and the scheme changing, it makes sense for the two to part ways.