Colts Offensive Lineman Matt Slauson Retires From NFL

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Colts Offensive Lineman Matt Slauson Retires From NFL

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Colts Offensive Lineman Matt Slauson Retires From NFL

One of the Colts’ top leaders in 2018 has retired from the NFL. On Wednesday afternoon, Colts free agent offensive lineman Matt Slauson announced his retirement.

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INDIANAPOLIS – And then there were 12 unrestricted free agents for the Colts in 2019.

But unlike Adam Vinatieri and Mark Glowinski, veteran offensive lineman Matt Slauson will not be re-signing with the Colts this offseason.

On Wednesday afternoon, Slauson, 32, announced his retirement from the NFL, which is not a surprising move for a guy who has battled serious injuries in recent years.

Back in Week Five of the 2018 season, Slauson went on injured reserve after breaking two vertebrae in his back, during a Week Five loss to the Patriots.

It marked the second straight season of Slauson going on injured reserve in October.

In three of the last five years, Slauson’s season has ended on IR before the month of November.

The scary back injury for Slauson this past season could have been much worse. Back in early October, the 32-year-old guard said he felt a pop in his back during the third quarter of a loss to the Patriots, but he felt like he could play through the injury. He later regretted that decision.

“Very upset with myself watching the game thinking what could have happened,” Slauson said of possibly being hurt even more seriously by staying on the field. He ended up playing all 83 snaps in that Week Five loss in New England.

Losing Slauson shouldn’t impact the Colts too much on the field in 2019.

A re-signing of Glowinski, who took Slauson's starting spot last October, secured the return of the starting five up front.

Chris Ballard does want to improve the depth along the offensive line, but bringing back Slauson wasn’t necessarily a definite move needed, particularly considering his unfortunate injury history.

However, seeing Slauson stay around the Colts, or the NFL game in general, possibly in a coaching role, would make sense.

Seemingly every day at practice to close the ’18 campaign, there was Slauson working with the offensive line group as an ‘assistant coach.’

When the Colts signed Slauson in free agency last spring to a one-year contract, they wanted him for his leadership and toughness, along with the early starting duties at right guard.

Many times throughout 2018, Quenton Nelson heaped out plenty of praise for what Slauson did for the rookie.

There is an opening as an assistant offensive line coach in Indy.

Would Slauson be willing to moving into that role after 113 starts/games played and 9 seasons of playing in the NFL?

 

Here is a look at the 12 remaining unrestricted free agents for the Colts in 2019.

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