The Indianapolis Colts had linebacker Nate Irving in for a visit on Monday, as ESPN's Josina Anderson first reported. Anderson later reported that the visit "went well" but that the linebacker "is still weighing all his options."
The Indianapolis Star's Stephen Holder went a little further today, saying that there is "mutual interest" between the Colts and Irving and that the situation is fluid.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>re: free-agent ILB Nate Irving, source tells me there is mutual interest. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Colts?src=hash">#Colts</a> have a need, player definitely interested. Situation fluid</p>— Stephen Holder (@HolderStephen) <a href="https://twitter.com/HolderStephen/status/577883242050797568">March 17, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
Irving has spent the first four years of his career with the Broncos, where he played in 54 games and started 12, notching 104 tackles, two sacks, and two passes defensed. He started the first eight games for the Broncos at inside linebacker in 2014 (recording 46 tackles and a sack) before suffering a season ending knee injury. When healthy, he's a good player against the run.
Broncos fans really want him back, and so that might give you an indication on the type of player that he is. He'd join a very thin group of inside linebackers for the Colts, likely sliding in right behind Jerrell Freeman and D'Qwell Jackson, providing depth and situational play. The Colts' biggest need at inside linebacker is help in coverage, but with how terrible their run defense was as a whole in their two games against the Patriots a year ago, adding run defenders probably couldn't hurt.
We're in the wait-and-see stage with Nate Irving right now, but it seems like there's interest between both sides in a possible signing, so it's something to keep an eye on.