Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Indianapolis Colts have signed free agent edge defender Margus Hunt to a two-year contract.
Source: DE Margus Hunt agreed to terms on a 2 year deal with the Indianapolis Colts
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 13, 2017
Hunt has yet to live up to the lofty potential that many saw leading up to the 2013 draft. In his 44 career games, he has a whopping 16 tackles, 1.5 sacks and 3 pass breakups. Pro Football Focus ranked 2016 as Hunt’s best season yet. But, that was at a grade of just 68.3. His run defense grade of 77.3 is average among qualifying ED’s.
However, Hunt may have been miscast with the Cincinnati Bengals as a 4-3 defensive end. Leading up to the draft, many thought the now-29-year-old Estonian may be most effective standing up as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense. In Indianapolis, he may be doing the latter.
At 6’8″, 277lbs, it seems as if that may be decent size for a five-technique (3-4 defensive end) if he put on about 10-15 more pounds. However, Hunt does not quite have the frame of an inside player. If he hasn’t put on pounds by now, who is to say he can maintain it if he moved inside? He could also play with his hand in the dirt in certain packages as well.
The Colts appear to be all in on adding to their pass-rush this offseason after adding outside linebackers Jabaal Sheard, John Simon and Barkevious Mingo. The only issue is that none of these players are premium pass-rushers. They can provide some pressure (Hunt remains to be seen), but none are the type of hell raiser that the Colts need.
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