INDIANAPOLIS – Even though Le’Raven Clark didn’t play a single snap for the Colts in 2019, he is returning for a 5th year in Indianapolis.
That is the state of the offensive tackle depth for the Colts, especially with Joe Haeg signing with the Buccaneers on Friday.
With terms of Clark’s contract yet to be announced, his return likely means he will be competing for a tackle depth spot this offseason.
When a guy is a healthy scratch in 13 of 16 games the previous season, and doesn’t get on the field in the other 3 games he actually dressed for, seeing such a player earn a new contract is typically beyond unlikely.
But the Colts do not have a lot of offensive line depth answers right now, especially at tackle.
Clark is the only player on the roster, not named Anthony Castonzo, who has started at left tackle before in the NFL, with 12 career starts.
Yet, as a third-round pick in 2016, Clark has never panned out to being a full-time starter.
His role in 2019 wasn’t needed with Castonzo taking every snap at left tackle, and Clark not able to provide versatility as a backup (compared to Haeg and free agent Josh Andrews).
Even with Clark returning, the Colts still face a need to address offensive tackle depth in other ways (i.e. the draft) this offseason.