Indianapolis Colts Sign Free Agent LB Sean Spence
The Indianapolis Colts have signed free agent inside linebacker Sean Spence. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the deal is for one year and $3 million.
In 46 career games, the former third-round pick has started in 19. He has 144 tackles (5 for loss), 5.0 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovered and 3 pass breakups. Spence (5’11”, 231lbs) began his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers (2012-’15) but a serious knee injury put a damper on that era of his career. After exhausting his initial rookie contract, Spence moved on to the Tennessee Titans on a one-year deal for 2016. In 15 games, he put up 54 tackles, 3.0 sacks, 1 forced fumble and 3 pass breakups.
For 2016, Pro Football Focus gave Spence a 74.0 grade (504 snaps), No. 44 for off-ball linebackers in the NFL. His 75.5 grade in coverage is especially encouraging. Going by PFF grades, Spence was the highest-graded among the Colts linebackers in 2016 by a rather healthy margin. Current starters Edwin Jackson (61.6) and Antonio Morrison (50.8) will be Spence’s competition as things stand now.
Spence should already have a decent general understanding of the Colts’ defense, as he has played in a base 3-4 defense his whole career thus far.
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