The Indianapolis Colts made another addition at the cornerback spot on Monday. They agreed to a deal with TJ Carrie, who played for the Cleveland Browns last season but was recently released to clear cap space.
According to NFL Insider Adam Caplan, the deal Carrie agreed to was for the veteran minimum for the length of one season.
The Colts began their moves at the cornerback position by releasing Pierre Desir. They have since signed former Minnesota Vikings corner Xavier Rhodes prior to landing Carrie. Now, they have a pair of veterans that are on one-year ‘prove it’ deals.
In his NFL career, Carrie has appeared in 92 regular season games with 50 being starts. Last season with the Browns, he made six starts out of 16 appearances and recorded 52 combined tackles, four passes defensed, and one interception.
Both Rhodes and Carrie thrive at stopping the run and that should provide a needed boost for the Colts in this area. There are still concerns about the team’s overall ability in pass coverage as Rhodes particularly struggled in man-to-man situations in 2019.
If the Colts don’t receive enough impact from Xavier Rhodes or TJ Carrie, they will be able to simply move on from them both in the offseason. Meanwhile, the recently drafted defensive backs on the roster will be able to develop and compete for snaps.
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