Satele was second round pick of the Dolphins in 2007, and he started 32 games for them in two seasons. In 2009, he was traded to the Raiders, and he has started 42 games in three seasons. Basically, Satele is a tough workhorse, which makes sense given that his name is SAMSON!
Satele made the news recently, prior to this signing, for getting arrested in Hawaii for disorderly conduct. Still, regardless of the arrests, Colts head coach Chuck Pagano has gushed over Satele, saying he is a "great family man" and has the potential to be one of the NFL's top centers.
At 6'3, 300 pounds, Satele can play both center and guard, though he is mostly known as a center. His signing is just one in a series of moves by new Colts G.M. Ryan Grigson to upgrade the offensive line in Indy. Grigson, a former o-linemen himself, has signed former Eagles guard Mike McGlynn and traded for right tackle Winston Justice in recent weeks.
Again, if this move isn't enough to convince some of you Colts fans that Ben Ijalana will be moved to guard, then I give up. Hell, move Ijalana to left tackle! Or better yet, QUARTERBACK!
It's possible that the Colts could pull the trigger on more offensive linemen, but the way things are shaking out, the starting o-line looks to be:
LT- Anthony Castonzo
LG- Mike McGlynn
OC- Samson Satele
RG- Ben Ijalana
RT- Winston Justice
That line is dramatically better than the starting lines we've seen in recent years with names like Pollak, Richard, Reitz, and Linkenbach.