BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 24: Peyton Hillis #40 of the Cleveland Browns is tackled by Brandon McKinney #91 of the Baltimore Ravens during the first half at M&T Bank Stadium on December 24, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Well, for those of us who were worried that the Colts didn't have anyone on the roster to play nose tackle in a 3-4, today your fears were quelled, slightly. The Colts have signed 6'2, 345 lbs nose tackle Brandon McKinney, per Jeremy Fowler of the Pioneer Press (thanks to Mac's Football Blog for the head's up).
The days of 6'0, 285 pounds defensive tackles are gone, folks. Long gone.
McKinney isn't a starter. He's a rotational guy who can spell a true, starting nose tackle. In seven years, he's started just six games, but has played in 61. Regardless, he should be considered a significant upgrade at the position, considering the Colts didn't have anyone on the roster who could play nose in a 3-4 scheme.
Oh, and just to further highlight how awful Colts DT Fili Moala is, McKinney (who didn't start any games last season) had almost as many tackles (14) and Moala did (22), and Moala started 14 games.
Just like with the Tom Zbikowski and Cory Redding signings, G.M. Ryan Grigson and coach Chuck Pagano continue to bleed Baltimore's depth while adding low cost, low risk additions to a Colts defense in desperate need of talent, veteran leadership. Indy will still need to draft a nose tackle the second day of the 2012 NFL Draft, bit McKinney will be able to ease that rookie's transition into the NFL.