The Indianapolis Colts continued their efforts to bolster the cornerback position with another free agency addition on Monday.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Colts have agreed to terms on a deal with free agent corner TJ Carrie. He previously has played for both the Oakland Raiders and most recently the Cleveland Browns.
Carrie has appeared in 92 regular season games with 50 being starts since entering the NFL in 2014. Last season, he made six starts out of 16 appearances and recorded 52 combined tackles, four passes defensed, and one interception.
There has been no shortage of moves involving the cornerback position from the Colts this offseason. They began by releasing Pierre Desir to clear salary cap space and then signed former Minnesota Vikings All-Pro Xavier Rhodes. This should result in some competition for
Colts general manager Chris Ballard has highlighted is the desire to create ‘more friction’ on the roster. That’s precisely what Indianapolis appears to be accomplishing by bringing in a player like Carrie.
“We need a little more friction,” Ballard said, via Kevin Bowen of 107.5 The Fan. “The team runs it. It does. They run it. Coaches, we’re going to give you direction, we’re going to give you where you need to go, but the locker room, we’re going to go as they go. And there’s got to be a little more friction within it and pure accountability, and they have to be willing to challenge each other. They do, to an extent. They practice hard, but there’s got to be a little bit more challenging aspect to each other, that when things aren’t going right, when things aren’t getting done the right way, they’ve got to be able to challenge each other to do it the right way.”
The expectation for TJ Carrie likely isn’t much more than a chance to compete for a starting role. Some of the Colts’ younger corners like Rock Ya-Sin and Marvell Tell should benefit from having an additional veteran presence to learn from while competing for snaps.
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