The Indianapolis Colts needed pass-rushing linebackers, and it looks like they’ve gone bargain-basement hunting by signing Barkevious Mingo to a one-year, $2.5 million contract.
Mingo last played for the New England Patriots last season, and only managed to make 4 tackles. The 27-year-old only saw 54 defensive snaps in 16 games and was primarily a special teams contributor. Before New England, he was a first-round draft pick (No. 6 overall) by the Cleveland Browns. He recorded 7.0 sacks in three seasons, never living up to his athletic profile.
It’s a one-year deal, more of “prove it” deal than anything else. If Mingo doesn’t play well in camp, he could likely be cut with little consequence.
The Colts can’t stop here when it comes to addressing their need for a pass rusher. Other free agent options can be Jabaal Sheard. Like Mingo, Sheard started his career in Cleveland before moving onto the Patriots. History suggests that he would provide more production than Mingo at this point.
Also, the Colts will likely use one of their early picks in the upcoming draft on an edge rusher as well. All seven of their picks are within the first 160 selections.