The Indianapolis Colts declined to offer defensive lineman Zach Kerr a restricted free agent tender this year before the start of the new league year, which made him a free agent on Thursday.
It doesn’t appear to have taken him long to find a new home, however, as according to the 9News’ Mike Klis Kerr has signed a two-year deal with the Denver Broncos. The Broncos also signed another defensive lineman today, Domata Peko, and Klis said “don’t be surprised” if Peko and Kerr both wind up starting along the defensive line, with Kerr at defensive end.
This is good news for Zach Kerr, as he’s found a new team just 48 hours after the start of free agency, and it’s with a very good defensive team as well. According to the Indianapolis Star’s Stephen Holder, Kerr also received interest from the Lions and the 49ers.
It was a very curious decision by the Colts not to extend an RFA tender to Kerr, and they didn’t really seem to be that interested in bringing him back despite Chris Ballard’s emphasis on competition. Most Colts fans thought that at the very least Kerr would add to that competition level, but ultimately what we’ve seen over and over from Ballard already is that he didn’t think too highly of the team’s roster last year.
Kerr signed as an undrafted free agent with the Colts in 2014 out of Delaware, and he spent the last three seasons with the Colts. He played in 36 games and started eight of them, recording 64 tackles, eight tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, eleven quarterback hits, a forced fumble, and two passes defensed. He really became a nice depth lineman and rotational guy, and last year he played in 12 games (starting four) while recording 19 tackles, four tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, and six quarterback hits.