The Colts today made a free agent signing, the first since hiring Chris Ballard as their general manager. The team signed offensive tackle/guard Fahn Cooper.
Cooper (6-5, 306 pounds) was drafted in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers, and after spending the offseason program, training camp, and preseason with the 49ers, he spent the entire season on their practice squad. Collegiately, Cooper began at Bowling Green and redshirted in 2011 before starting all 13 games in 2012. He then headed to the College of DuPage in 2013 before spending the 2014 and 2015 seasons at Mississippi. He started all 26 games in his two seasons with the team and had quite a bit of success, being named Mississippi’s college offensive lineman of the year in 2015 as he was awarded with the Kent Hull Trophy.
The signing adds depth to the Colts’ offensive line, which is something that they can always use more of in the offseason as the rosters expand. The idea is to bring in as many talented players as possible to let guys compete for spots, and Fahn Cooper is a good option. He was drafted just last year and spent his rookie season developing, so it’s a chance for the Colts to try to work with a guy who has some talent. Whether or not it works out remains to be seen, but these are the types of signings we see often during the offseason.