The Indianapolis Colts last evening made a move, though it’s not the one that many Colts fans have been waiting to find out about. Instead, the Colts signed kicker Devon Bell to a reserve/future contract.
Bell was originally signed by the Detroit Lions last offseason as an undrafted free agent out of Mississippi State, and he was with the team in training camp and preseason before he was waived on August 29. In college, Bell played in 50 games and filled a number of roles, as the punter, kicker, and kickoff specialist. He averaged 42.4 yards per punt on 83 career punts, and he was 20-for-36 on career field goals (55%). As a senior in 2015, he served primarily as the kickoff specialist, though he also averaged 41.1 yards per punt on nine punts.
Neither Adam Vinatieri nor Pat McAfee are in any danger of losing their jobs, as both are coming off of very good seasons once again. But it’s not uncommon for a team to add another kicker to take some of the workload off of the other guys, so while this is early to be adding a ‘camp leg,’ that’s likely what this move is for. Since Bell is a guy with experience doing placekicking, punting, and kickoffs, he could be a valuable guy to have around in the offseason because he takes up just one roster spot but can ease the workload of both Vinatieri and McAfee.
Bell is the ninth player signed to a reserve/future contract by the Colts since the season ended, joining outside linebacker Lavar Edwards, wide receiver Marcus Leak, safety Stefan McClure, cornerback Tevin Mitchel, quarterback Stephen Morris, guard Adam Redmond, wide receiver Tevaun Smith, and cornerback Larry Scott.