The Indianapolis Colts announced this afternoon that they have agreed to terms with free agent running back Jordan Todman.
Todman has had a journeyman career in the NFL, as the Colts will mark his sixth team since entering the league in 2011. He was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the sixth round of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Connecticut, and he spent his rookie season in San Diego (spending time on both the active roster and the practice squad). The Minnesota Vikings signed him off of the Chargers' practice squad late in the 2011 season and stuck with them throughout the 2012 offseason, but was waived after the preseason and then signed to Minnesota's practice squad. The Jacksonville Jaguars then signed Todman off of the Vikings' practice squad midway through the 2012 season, and he spent three seasons (2012-2014) in Jacksonville. The Carolina Panthers signed him in the 2015 offseason, but they waived him at the conclusion of the preseason. The Pittsburgh Steelers then signed him shortly thereafter, and Todman spent the 2015 season in Pittsburgh. Now, Todman has signed with the Colts.
In his five-year career so far, Todman (5-10, 200 pounds) has played in 44 career games (starting three) and has rushed for 472 yards and three touchdowns on 115 carries, averaging 4.1 yards per carry. He also has caught 40 passes for 314 yards and two touchdowns, while also returning 69 kickoffs for an average of 25.9 yards per return. Last year, Todman played in 11 games for the Steelers, rushing four times for 22 yards and returning one kickoff for 22 yards.
The signing of Todman adds more depth to the Colts' backfield, something they have addressed recently. The signing of Todman is the second running back this week the Colts have added, as they signed Robert Turbin a few days ago. Frank Gore is the team's starting running back, but the Colts need a backup who can take some of hte load off of the veteran's shoulders and be a reliable number two back. The Colts have Tyler Varga and Trey Williams on the roster, but neither has much NFL experience at all and therefore they are both question marks. With Turbin and Todman now signed, the Colts at least have two solid options as backups for Frank Gore, though neither move prevents the team from adding a running back in the draft either.