The Indianapolis Colts have signed former Tennessee Titans defensive/nose tackle Al Woods. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the deal is for two years, $5+ million.
Woods (6’4″, 307lbs, 30 years old) is entering his eighth NFL season after bouncing around the league, then finding a temporary home in Tennessee. He was a fourth-round pick by the New Orleans Saints in 2010 but did not make the roster. He has spent time in Tampa Bay (2010), Seattle (2011), Pittsburgh (2012-’13) and then Tennessee (2014-’16).
Woods has started 19-of-81 career games and has 104 tackles (8 for loss), 3.5 sacks, 2 pass breakups and 1 blocked kick. His stats may not pop off of the screen, but he has acted as your classic dirty-work nose tackle, helping clog up running lanes.
The Colts have been in the market for a new nose tackle this offseason after letting Zach Kerr walk in free agency. They may also let Arthur Jones go later this offseason. On top of that, starting nose tackle David Parry was arrested last month. So, his future with the team is up in the air. The Colts have been in talks with top free-agent nose tackle Dontari Poe. This move does not necessarily mean the Colts are out on Poe, however, as the Colts are trying to build depth. Plus, if Parry and/or Jones are let go, they will need more quality players.
Pro Football Spot Titans writer Kenneth Goit weighed in on the Colts’ acquisition, saying, “He’s solid all around. He’s not gonna fix your defense by any means, but he won’t be a major liability either.”
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