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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