It wasn't really the roster move that we were all expecting, but the Indianapolis Colts announced this afternoon that outside linebacker Cam Johnson has signed his exclusive rights tender to return to the Colts.
Basically, this was just a formality. Johnson was an exclusive rights free agent and the Colts tendered him, giving him only two options: either sign the tender and return to the Colts or not play football next year. As such, it's an easy decision and we knew that Johnson would be back - only now he's officially signed the tender. The Colts also gave exclusive rights tenders to running back Boom Herron and outside linebacker Daniel Adongo, so they will be back too and it will be official whenever they sign the tenders.
The 24-year old Johnson is a 6-3, 260 pound linebacker who started his career with the 49ers as a seventh-round pick in 2012. He was traded to the Colts early in the 2013 season and played in twelve games for the Colts that year, recording five tackles. He played in just one game in 2014, however, before he was placed on injured reserve with a season-ending injury. He can provide pass rush and has some talent, but so far in the NFL he hasn't really shown that. But as an ERFA, it wasn't a bad move to bring him back for another year to compete in camp, where hopefully he will show some pass rush skill that the Colts could use.