4 easy roster cuts the Indianapolis Colts will make

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4. Al-Quadin Muhammad, DE

At one point, Al-Quadin Muhammad was an up-and-coming defensive end in this league who had really impressed the previous coaching staff. Muhammad put up a career year with 6.0 sacks back in 2021 before he signed with the Chicago Bears for the 2022 season, joining his previous defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus, now the head coach.

But, things have changed and Muhammad has not looked like the same player. In Chicago last year, he finished with just 1.0 sack in nine starts and appearing in 16 games. He was certainly a disappointment from the standpoint of what the Bears thought they were getting.

The Colts' final roster will likely see them keep Samson Ebukam, Kwity Paye, Tyquan Lewis and Dayo Odeyingbo at defensive end, which would leave sixth-round pick Titus Leo off the squad and a likely practice squad candidate. It would also mean Muhammad gets the boot. Hopefully, for his sake, he can catch on elsewhere and get another shot.

Muhammad is 28 years old and could still have some good years left in him, but outside of that 2021 campaign, he hasn't been all that impressive. Was that an outlier instead of a trend? It's looking that way, more and more.