The Indianapolis Colts today signed cornerback Rashaan Melvin and waived quarterback Stephen Morris.
Melvin adds some more depth to the secondary, which has received quite the overhaul over the past few days. Melvin was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2013, though he spent his rookie season on injured reserve. In 2014, he spent time on the Miami Dolphins’ practice squad before the Baltimore Ravens signed him to their active roster mid-season. He spent the rest of the 2014 season and the first half of the 2014 season with the Ravens before being waived, and the New England Patriots picked him up off waivers. This offseason, he participated in training camp and preseason action with the Dolphins but was waived during final cuts. In his career, he has played in 12 games (starting two) and recorded 21 tackles, a pass defensed, a forced fumble, and two special teams tackles. He has also started two playoff games (making 18 tackles).
The addition of Melvin is yet another change in the secondary, as since final cuts were made the Colts have added Matthias Farley, Neiko Thorpe, Darryl Morris, and Rashaan Melvin and have cut Jalil Brown, Frankie Williams, and Neiko Thorpe. That’s a lot of change taking place in just a couple of days, and it’s a clear indication that the Colts are doing everything they can to bolster the depth of the secondary with injuries to some key players at the top.
To make room for Melvin, the Colts waived Stephen Morris, meaning the team only kept three quarterbacks for a few days. He had a very impressive preseason, leading all AFC quarterbacks in passing yards and passing touchdowns, but the Colts didn’t want him to be their backup ahead of Scott Tolzien. His performance led to them keeping three quarterbacks on the roster, however, though it was unclear how long that was going to last. Head coach Chuck Pagano said on Monday that the reason they kept Morris was because they “didn’t want to lose a good football player,” giving the indication that the team expected him to be picked up off of waivers. We’ll see if that’s actually the case, but if not Morris should be almost a lock to make the practice squad.