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Former Colts safety Colt Anderson signs with Bills

The Buffalo Bills today signed former Colts safety Colt Anderson.

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The Buffalo Bills announced this afternoon that they have signed former Indianapolis Colts safety Colt Anderson.

Having spent the past two seasons with the Colts, Anderson played in 29 games and started one while recording 23 tackles and a fumble recovery.  He was a very reliable special teams player for Indy, proving to be one of the key members of the unit over the past two years.  That was honestly his primary role on the team, as though he did provide depth at the safety position, he also provided solid play for the special teams coverage units.  Last year, he saw some action at safety and even started one game in place of Mike Adams, though as the season went on rookie Clayton Geathers took over the role of number three safety, meaning that Anderson was no longer asked to start in place of Adams later in the year.  He still had a role, but it was just relegated even more to a depth position and to special teams.  It appears that the Colts did not have much interest in re-signing him, as we are several weeks removed from the start of free agency and hadn't heard anything regarding any potential talks.  The Colts likely had already determined to move on from Anderson, however, and thus he visited the Buffalo Bills and has agreed to a deal.

For the Colts, they were never going to count on Colt Anderson at the safety position anyway, as Mike Adams and Clayton Geathers will be the starters.  The question mark for them now, however, becomes what they will do after that.  The team doesn't have a ton of depth, and if Adams or Geathers were to miss a game, who would fill in?  Winston Guy, Dezmen Southward, and Akeem Davis are currently on the roster at the position, and between the three of them the Colts don't have bad depth, though the question of someone stepping in and starting is one we can't really answer at this point.  Perhaps the bigger role to fill, however, lies on special teams and in replacing Anderson's role with the unit.  Ultimately, it wouldn't be a surprise if the Colts draft a safety - they've been interested in several of them - to add to the mix, but regardless of what they do, it's clear that Colt Anderson wasn't going to be in their plans, so good for him getting a shot in Buffalo.