INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts’ need to find some depth at safety was on the off-season checklist.
Chris Ballard took a step in addressing that on Thursday by signing veteran safety Sean Davis to a one-year deal.
With Tavon Wilson (signed with the 49ers) and Malik Hooker free agents this offseason, and George Odum yet to officially return, as he weighs his restricted free agent tender, the Colts needed to make some move at safety, behind starters Khari Willis and Julian Blackmon.
Davis (6-1, 202) has started 42 games in his career since being taken in the 2nd round of the 2016 Draft out of Maryland.
Besides a 2020 offseason stint with Washington, Davis has only played for the Steelers.
For the last two seasons, the 27-year-old Davis has almost exclusively played on special teams, while having a very scaled back role defensively.
In 64 career games, Davis has 229 total tackles (11 for loss), 5 interceptions, 1 forced fumble and 2.5 sacks.
At the very least, playing on special teams should be on the role sheet for Davis in Indy. Plus, Ballard has always liked having a veteran presence at safety, so Davis fits that description, too.
While Wilson was this team’s 3rd safety last year, Davis is a bit younger and brings different skills that the Colts could look into sub package wise.
In 2020, the Colts didn’t use a dime package (6 defensive backs).
How much of that was because they didn’t feel the need to get 3 safeties on the field together at the same time?
Is that something they want to explore more with Davis?
The Colts have now handed out 10 contracts this offseason (5 on in-house free agents and 5 on new players), with all of them being one-year deals.
2021 Colts Free Agency News
Re-Signings (5): RB-Marlon Mack, WR-T.Y. Hilton, OL-Joey Hunt, DE-Al-Quadin Muhammad, CB-Xavier Rhodes
New Signings (5): OT-Sam Tevi, OT-Julie’n Davenport, OG-Chris Reed, DL-Isaac Rochell, S-Sean Davis