The Indianapolis Colts released a tackle yesterday in Gosder Cherilus, so they made a roster move to add another tackle to the mix in Matt Hall. They waived guard Will Corbin as a corresponding roster move, which still leaves one spot open on the 90-man roster with training camp approaching soon.
Hall is a player who the Colts are familiar with. The 6-9, 326 pound lineman played collegiately at Arkansas, Ole Miss, and Belhaven, and he was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Minnesota Vikings after the 2014 NFL Draft. The Vikings waived him a few months later, and just two days after being waived by Minnesota the Colts claimed him. He spent training camp and preseason with the Colts last year before being placed on season-ending injured reserve after the preseason. He spent the entire 2014 season on the Colts' IR and then stuck around with the team early in the offseason, but he was waived in May to make room for some undrafted free agents. Now, just a few days before starting training camp - and one year to the date of being signed by the Colts last year - the team has brought Hall back.
Corbin was originally brought in by the Colts as a tryout player in their rookie mini-camp after playing collegiately at Appalachian State, where he played in 35 career games, starting 20. He was impressive enough to earn a spot on the 90-man roster shortly after that, and he then spent the final few weeks of the offseason program working out with the team.
This roster move is likely motivated in large part because of the move yesterday to release Gosder Cherilus. Hall definitely wasn't signed to be Cherilus' replacement (that will be Jack Mewhort), but the Colts needed some bodies at the tackle position. If nothing else, Hall will give the Colts some depth at the position as they approach training camp and preseason - a time when extra bodies are definitely needed. If he really impresses, however, he may even be able to play his way to a roster spot, as tackle is a position where the Colts don't have many great depth options. Ultimately, this is a pretty minor roster move, but it's one that makes plenty of sense for the Colts to make.