The Indianapolis Colts made a practice squad move yesterday evening, releasing defensive end Sterling Bailey and signing defensive end Kristjan Sokoli.
Sokoli (6-5, 295 pounds) was originally drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft, though Seattle drafted him to be an offensive lineman. He played in two games along the offensive line for the Seahawks last year and spent the offseason and training camp with them this year but was cut on August 30. He played collegiately at Buffalo (as a defensive lineman) and played in 46 games (starting 25), recording 95 tackles and 2.5 sacks. Sokoli is an incredibly athletic player and had a phenomenal SPARQ rating, so he’s someone that has interested NFL teams with that athleticism. He’s very much a developmental player (which is, after all, what the practice squad is for, but his natural ability gives the Colts some upside to work with to see what Sokoli can do.
To make room on the practice squad for Sokoli, the Colts released Sterling Bailey, who was signed as an undrafted free agent out of Georgia this offseason and was with Indy through the offseason program, training camp, and preseason. He did a nice job when he got to play and earned a spot on the Colts’ practice squad, but as is the nature of the practice squad, he’s the odd man out as the shuffling continues.