This is the time of year when we see a number of notable players cut in an effort to move forward with plans for free agency, which starts March 10, and we saw another notable veteran player released in the NFL today. According to ESPN's Adam Caplan and since confirmed by a number of people, the Eagles will release long-time guard Todd Herremans.
#Eagles are going to release G Todd Herremans today, source said.— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) February 26, 2015
Herremans is arguably now the 2nd best available guard in free agency behind Iupati. Like James Casey and McCown, market should be good.— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) February 26, 2015
Herremans spent the last ten seasons with the Eagles since being drafted by the team in the fourth round of the 2005 draft, and during his time in Philly he played in 127 games, starting 124. He has the ability to play almost anywhere along the line, as he played at right tackle, right guard, left guard, and left tackle throughout his career with the Eagles. He is about as versatile of a lineman as there is in the league, and he has played good football too. He was injured last year and was eventually placed on injured reserve with a torn biceps, and he will turn 33-years old this fall - both of those things might cause teams to value him a little less than they normally would. But make no mistake: when healthy, Herremans has been a good lineman.
Todd Herremans had a positive PFF grade every season from 2007-13, + 78.4 over that span. Was -12.5 in injury marred 2014— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) February 26, 2015
Of course, not only is this the time of year where players get released, this is also the time of year where fans begin to speculate whether a certain team would be interested in a certain player. And without a doubt, Herremans will likely catch the eye of the Colts. Current Colts general manager Ryan Grigson was a scout for the Eagles when Herremans was drafted, and Grigson worked with the Eagles from 2004-2011 in various roles, such as a scout, director of college scouting, and director of player personnel. Obviously, he has strong connections with the Eagles' offensive lineman, and we saw Grigson bring in a former Eagles lineman in 2012 in Winston Justice. Plus, the Colts need offensive line help, particularly at right guard (and perhaps right tackle, depending on Gosder Cherilus' health). Herremans could help at either of those spots. And the Colts absolutely have the cap money to make something happen if need be.
Nothing is certain or even being reported, but connecting the dots makes it clear that Todd Herremans might be an option for the Colts. The lineman is incredibly versatile, which the Colts really like in their lineman, and has played good football for a number of years at a number of spots. He's very familiar with Ryan Grigson and the Colts really could use offensive line help, particularly at right guard. Despite the fact that he will be 33-years old this fall and that he's coming off of a torn biceps, if he is truly healthy and for the right price, he would be a nice addition to the Colts offensive line at right guard.