The Indianapolis Colts have signed running back Mewelde Moore and released quarterback David Legree, according to owner Jim Irsay's twitter account.
Legree was signed by the Colts following the release of tight end Brody Eldridge. In this morning's look at the quarterback position, Legree was a guy I thought would not make the final roster.
Moore, however, is a different story. The nine-year veteran has played for both the Minnesota Vikings (2004-2007) and the Pittsburgh Steelers (2008-2011). In his career he has rushed for 2,247 yards on 494 carries (an average of 4.5 yards per carry) and six touchdowns. Last season with Pittsburgh, Moore rushed for 157 yards on 22 carries and did not score a touchdown but lost one fumble.
He has also been a very good receiving back during his career. In 113 games (but only 15 starts), he has caught 214 passes for 1,875 yards (8.8 yards per catch) and 7 touchdowns. Moore (5-11, 209 pounds) has returned kickoffs and punts (including two for touchdowns) and has also thrown for two career touchdowns.
Another note is that Moore played in Pittsburgh for Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, formerly holding the same position with the Steelers.
Mewelde Moore will certainly be a more valuable player to the Colts than Legree would have been, but that does not mean he will make the 53-man squad. I do think, however, that he stands a good chance. He easily has the most experience of any Colts back, and he also is familiar with Arians. In my opinion, he would bring good depth to the position. We will take a look at the unit as a whole later in the week, but my initial reaction is that Moore stands a good chance at a roster spot.