The Indianapolis Colts tonight announced that they've traded for linebacker Sio Moore from the Oakland Raiders. The Colts will give up a late round draft pick in the 2016 NFL draft to the Raiders. Moore is a 6-1, 240 pound linebacker was drafted by the Raiders in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
During his time with the Raiders, Moore appeared in 26 games (starting 22) and racked up 140 tackles, 7.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, and a pass defensed. He started 11 games for Oakland in 2014 and notched 90 tackles, three sacks, a forced fumble, and a pass defensed. In two seasons with Oakland, Moore played in 26 games (22 starts) and registered 140 tackles (105 solo), 7.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and one pass defensed. In 2014, he started all 11 games he played in and finished with 90 tackles (67 solo), 3.0 sacks, one forced fumble and one pass defensed. He played collegiately at Connecticut, where he started 31 career games and racked up 274 tackles (44 for loss), 16 sacks, two forced fumbles, and a pick.
This move is an interesting one for a couple of reasons. Firstly, I like Moore as a player. He's healthy now and can be a contributor, and he has done a solid job with Oakland. I liked him entering the draft in 2013 as well, so I think this is a pretty good move for the Colts. Secondly, I would not have guessed that linebacker would be one of the spots they were looking at, as the team has some depth there, but it's a good pickup.
I like this move for the Colts. Moore is a solid player who the Colts were able to get for a late round pick. It's a nice pickup, and it once again shows that general manager Ryan Grigson is working the phones looking for any moves he think will help the team.