Colts Sign Justin King

Earlier today the Colts signed former St. Louis Rams cornerback Justin King.  King (5-11, 197 pounds) started 12 games in St. Louis last year.  He notched 58 tackles, 5 pass deflections, 1 interception and 1 fumble recovery during the 2011 campaign.  In his 4 year career (he was drafted in the 4th round in 2008 by the Rams), he recorded 131 tackles (95 solo), 1 sack, 1 interception, 1 forced fumble and 1 fumble recovery with 9 pass deflections.  He played in 35 games and started 19.

King is not a good corner, per say, but with the current players the Colts have I could see him as a starter.  I do not think that is as much about him as it is about the current situation the Colts have at corner, which hopefully will continue to be addressed this offseason.  Either way, he figures to get some good playing time next season for the Colts, whether good or bad. 

King filled the Colts’ final roster spot which was created by the release of Jake Kirkpatrick earlier in the week.

Colts Release Jake Kirkpatrick

The Indianapolis Colts today released center Jake Kirkpatrick.  Kirkpatrick, a 6-3, 305 pound lineman, signed with the Colts on July 25, 2011 as an undrafted free agent out of TCU. 

 In 2009, after taking over as starting center for Texas Christian, Kirkpatrick helped TCU to an undefeated 12-0 record.  Kirkpatrick was named a finalist for the Dave Rimington Trophy (awarded annually to the best center in college football) and was named an All-American by Sports Illustrated.  During his senior season in 2010, Kirkpatrick won the Rimington Trophy and TCU won the Rose Bowl.  

Kirkpatrick was the last remaining center from last year’s squad after both Jeff Saturday (Green Bay Packers) and Mike Pollack (Carolina Panthers) left in free agency.  The Colts’ roster purging continues. 

This move also frees up a roster spot.  As I said yesterday, the Colts should sign a veteran cornerback.  But, just like yesterday, they probably won’t.

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