Colts Sign Tom Zbikowski
March 16, 2012 Leave a comment
The Colts today signed defensive back Tom Zbikowski to a three year deal, according to the South Bend Tribune’s Eric Hansen.
Zbikowski, a 5-11, 200 pound safety, played his college ball at the University of Notre Dame, where he earned All-American honors. The Baltimore Ravens drafted him in the 3rd round (number 86 overall) in the 2008 NFL Draft. Zbikowski spent the past four years in Baltimore, where he was a solid contributor on defense and special teams.
Zbikowski will likely start alongside Antoine Bethea in the Colts secondary, filling the hole left by the release of Melvin Bullitt. Still, I would not be surprised to see the Colts look at another Notre Dame alum, safety Harrison Smith, if he is available when the Colts draft in the 2nd or 3rd round in the upcoming draft.
I like this signing a lot. Zbikowski is a Chuck Pagano guy, and he will fill the void left by Bullitt. He is a solid, physical player who can provide a lot on special teams. This is a great move for the Colts annually awful special teams unit.
Also as a side note, Zbikowski is also a professional boxer. As long as he avoids the injury curse that the Colts’ strong safety always seems to have, I’m fine with that.