Colts sign a running back, but not the one you were expecting

After working out multiple veteran running backs, the Indianapolis Colts decided to sign one to help the team’s depth at the position.
Aug 12, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back Jason Huntley (32)
Aug 12, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back Jason Huntley (32) / Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Indianapolis Colts and running backs have been a big topic this offseason. On Tuesday, it was reported that Indy reached out to veteran running back Kareem Hunt with serious interest. Hunt flew in to Indianapolis for a visit on Wednesday, and the Colts signed a veteran running back on Wednesday. However, the veteran running back wasn’t Hunt.

With everyone expecting Indy to sign Hunt, he actually left town without signing, and Indy instead signed veteran Jason Huntley. It was reported by Adam Schefter that Indy did make an offer, but Hunt and the team couldn’t agree on a deal. That resulted in the Colts signing Huntley.

Colts sign running back Jason Huntley

Huntley was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the fifth round of the 2020 NFL Draft, but he never played a down with Detroit. In fact, despite being apart of the Lions and the Steelers, Huntley’s only NFL action came during his two-year stint with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Playing with the Eagles in 2020 and 2021, Jason Huntley played in six games, carrying the ball 18 times for 70 yards. He’ll now fight for a spot on Indy’s roster as he tries to provide some depth for a talented group that has taken a hit.

The biggest domino with this entire running back situation for the Colts is Jonathan Taylor. Not only does Taylor want a new contract and a trade, but he’s also on the PUP list. No one outside of the organization knows the status of his health or if he’ll play for the Colts again. In addition to that, Zack Moss, Indy’s RB2, broke his arm.

The Colts need running back depth, and Huntley could help provide that. Indianapolis also, possibly, needs a starter. That could be why the team was exploring signing Kareem Hunt. It doesn’t look like that’s going to happen, so we must wait and see how everything unfolds at running back for Indy.