After examining one of the tougher free agent decisions that the Colts will have to make this offseason in backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, we now come to one of the easiest in another backup quarterback, Charlie Whitehurst.
Whitehurst was waived by the Tennessee Titans mid-season in 2015, and it just so happened that at the time the Colts were looking for a backup quarterback for Matt Hasselbeck as Andrew Luck was set to miss extended time with a lacerated kidney and torn abdominal muscle. The Colts put in a waiver claim on Whitehurst and they signed him, making him their new backup quarterback. As the season went on and Hasselbeck was beat up more and more, Whitehurst appeared in four games in a row and completed 16 of 32 passes (50%) for 150 yards (4.7 yards per attempt) and an interception for a passer rating of 37.5. He did help lead the Colts to a win in Miami in week sixteen after Hasselbeck left in the first half, but in that game he also suffered a hamstring injury that ended his season (otherwise he would have started the following week). A career backup, Whitehurst has spent time with the San Diego Chargers, Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans, and Indianapolis Colts and has played in 25 games (starting nine) and has completed 205 of 372 passes (55.1%) for 2,281 yards (6.1 yards per attempt), 10 touchdowns, and seven interceptions for a 74.7 passer rating.
There are questions at the backup quarterback position, but one thing that does seem clear is that the Charlie Whitehurst won't be in the picture. He served his purpose as the team's backup for Matt Hasselbeck in 2015, but he's set to become a free agent this offseason and he won't be near the team's list of top options. Perhaps they will bring Hasselbeck back, or perhaps they will roll with either Josh Freeman or Stephen Morris - both of whom are under contract for 2016 - but it seems certain they won't be re-signing Whitehurst to factor into the competition. Whitehurst will likely get a shot somewhere else as a backup, but it won't be in Indy - and that's one of the easiest free agent decisions the team will have to make this year.