The Colts have been very busy this offseason and continue their spending spree as they sign their second corner of this free agency period.
After they made the surprising decision to release Pierre Desir, the cornerback position suddenly looked very thin. Not only that, but it looked very young. The Colts signed Xavier Rhodes to help with that problem. Now they add another cornerback to that mix.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Colts have signed T.J. Carrie, who previously played with the Raiders and the Browns. Carrie is 29 years old and has been mostly a rotational guy in his career. The most starts he’s ever had in a single season is 15 back in 2017.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 30, 2020
One thing Carrie is though is extremely durable. He hasn’t missed a game since 2015 where he only missed a single game that season. In fact, he has only been held out of four games in his entire 6-year career. That is a welcome sign for a secondary that gets banged up frequently.
Carrie adds some needed depth to the secondary. Now the cornerback room has Carrie, Rhodes, Rock Ya-Sin, Kenny Moore, Marvell Tell, and Quincy Wilson as their top guys. Wilson is on his last legs with this team, so it will mainly be the other five guys who see playing time.
Right now, it looks like Rhodes and Ya-Sin will start on the outside with Moore in the slot. Carrie is likely to see plenty of time at both outside corner spots though and will be used in Dime packages. He has decent ball skills, recording 5 interceptions so far in his career.
Perhaps the best quality that Carrie brings to the team is his work ethic. He is a very hard worker and will bring that to a young secondary room. That should help a couple of young corners in Ya-Sin and Tell elevate their games.
While the terms of the deal were not immediately released, this seems to be a smart move for the Colts. It would be especially smart if this is another one-year deal. Once we know the terms, this article will be updated. It will also give us a better idea of the cap space the team has remaining.
The Colts continue to make moves this offseason. The hope is it leads to many more wins come the fall.