The Indianapolis Colts yesterday signed another member of their rookie class, agreeing to terms with fourth round linebacker Antonio Morrison.
According to the National Football Post's Aaron Wilson, the four-year deal is worth up $3.189 million with a $519,908 signing bonus. Morrison is the sixth of the Colts eight draft picks to sign, joining Ryan Kelly, Hassan Ridgeway, Joe Haeg, Trevor Bates, and Austin Blythe. The only two members left to sign are second round safety T.J. Green and third round lineman Le'Raven Clark, and with the rookie wage scale under the new CBA those signings shouldn't take long either.
Morrison was drafted by the Colts in the fourth round out of Florida last weekend. The 6-1, 232 pound inside linebacker was a four-year starter at Florida, recording 294 tackles, 21 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, three passes defensed, three forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, and an interception. He recorded back-to-back 100 tackle seasons in his junior and senior seasons and was a unanimous first-team All-SEC selection in 2015. The Colts have an open starting spot at inside linebacker after Jerrell Freeman left in free agency, so it's entirely possible that Morrison could see playing time in his rookie season with the Colts if he impresses. He joins a group with guys such as Nate Irving, Sio Moore, and Amarlo Herrera (among others) who could compete for the starting spot alongside D'Qwell Jackson.