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Colts sign long snapper Forrest Hill

On the eve of free agency, the Indianapolis Colts signed undrafted free agent long snapper Forrest Hill.

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With free agency beginning tomorrow, NFL teams are pursuing a number of free agents.  The Indianapolis Colts are as well, and they're leaving no stone unturned.  The team today signed undrafted free agent long snapper Forrest Hill.

Hill (6-1, 248 pounds) spent three seasons at Auburn from 2012-2014, playing in 38 career games.  He played in every game in 2014 and handled all long snapping duties, and in 2012 and 2013 he played in every game while handling long snapping duties for the punt team.

The move is an interesting one, primarily because Matt Overton has been entrenched as the Colts' long snapper ever since beating out the team's longtime long snapper, Justin Snow, in 2012.  Could it be that Overton now has some competition?  The Colts likely wouldn't add a long snapper just for developmental reasons, so it's likely that they're bringing Hill in to see what he can do and perhaps to compete with Overton if he's impressive enough.  Overton is entering the second year of a four-year contract with the Colts and has played in every game over the past four seasons while being a key member of the fourth down army, and the 30-year old wouldn't figure to be anywhere near the top of list for players the team should look to replace.  At this point, Overton's job probably isn't in jeopardy, but the very fact that the team has signed another long snapper should cause him to feel a little less secure in his job - especially if Hill impresses in offseason workouts like Overton did in 2012.