A fan favorite who has played in just two regular season games for the Colts in his two years with the team has officially signed his exclusive rights tender to return to Indianapolis for a third season. The Colts extended a tender to exclusive rights free agent outside linebacker Daniel Adongo this offseason, and he officially signed it today, the team announced.
Adongo is the definition of a project player. The Colts signed him away from playing rugby in Africa two years ago, and his first year with the team in 2013 was spent just learning the game of American football. Then last year, he showed significant improvement in training camp but unfortunately suffered a season ending biceps injury in preseason. The Colts definitely aren't giving up on his development, however, and with as much athletic potential as he has and the two years spent learning the ins and outs of football, hopefully he'll show much more improvement again this summer in offseason work and training camp. Without a doubt, he was worth bringing back.
The official signing of the tender is nothing more than a formality, as it was a given that it would happen. For exclusive rights agents (like Adongo), if the team tenders them they only have two options: sign it or not play football. It's an easy decision to sign the tender and return on a one-year deal, and that's what Daniel Adongo has done (just like Cam Johnson did last week). Boom Herron was also extended an exclusive rights tender, though he has yet to sign. Jerrell Freeman, a restricted free agent, was given a second-round tender, though he has yet to sign that either.