The Colts have spent the past several days searching for their backup quarterback, and it appears they may have found him. The team announced today that they have agreed to terms with former Packers quarterback Scott Tolzien, who was visiting Indianapolis today.
According to the Milwaukee Journal's Tom Silverstein, Tolzien's deal is for two years - which would seem to indicate that he will be the backup for the Colts.
With the signing of Tolzien, the Colts will now have Tolzien and Stephen Morris competing for the backup spot behind Andrew Luck, with Tolzien seeming to be the favorite to win the job after backing up Aaron Rodgers for the past few seasons. We saw last year just how important the backup quarterback position is, as Luck missed nine games and Matt Hasselbeck had to fill in. He did admirably, but the Colts let him walk in free agency (he retired and joined ESPN), leaving the Colts to search for their backup quarterback position - particularly after releasing Josh Freeman. The team showed interest in Drew Stanton before he re-signed with the Cardinals and in Luke McCown before he re-signed with the Saints, and ultimately they settled on Tolzien as their target.
Signed as an undrafted free agent by the San Diego Chargers in 2011 out of Wisconsin, Tolzien stuck around in San Diego until final roster cuts, when he was waived. The San Francisco 49ers picked him up as their third-string quarterback for a few seasons, then, before he was cut during the 2013 preseason. The Packers then signed him to their practice squad and eventually promoted him to the active roster. Since then, he has been their backup quarterback for the past three seasons, but with Brett Hundley also in Green Bay, the team seemed to be moving on with him as their backup for Aaron Rodgers. In his career, Tolzien has appeared in six games and has started two of them, completing 56 of 91 passes (61.5%) for 721 yards (7.9 yards per attempt), a touchdown, and five interceptions for a passer rating of 67.1, while also rushing for 52 yards and a touchdown on eight carries.
The Colts really needed to add a quarterback, and they made that a priority this week. They've agreed to terms with Scott Tolzien to compete for the backup quarterback position, and he'll be the favorite to win the spot entering training camp. Though it's not as flashy as some other signings that the Colts could have or still might make, it's important to have a quarterback behind Luck, so this was a move that needed to happen.