The Indianapolis Colts tonight officially announced the signing of defensive end Margus Hunt, which we had already heard about, but they also announed another signing: the Colts have signed offensive lineman Brian Schwenke.
Schwenke was drafted in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans and in four seasons since then has played in 41 games and started 28 of them. Most of his playing time has come at center, though last year he’s also played guard too - particularly last year. That experience at both center and guard makes him a versatile depth lineman to have around. The Jets, Seahawks, and Titans were all reported to be interested in Schwenke in free agency this year, but he wound up signing with the Colts.
For the Colts, this move makes sense - especially when considering the fact that Jonotthan Harrison wasn’t re-signed. They need depth up front, and Schwenke is a guy who is capable of playing multiple spots and stepping in to start when need be. It’s unlikely that he’ll wind up starting (though he could potentially compete for the starting right guard spot), but he’s still a nice guy to have around as a spot starter and backup at multiple spots. It’s a good move for the Colts that helps shore up the interior of their offensive line, which is something they certainly could use.
Like the Margus Hunt signing, this is mainly a depth move for the Colts that seeks to improve the competition level. Chris Ballard has very much emphasized the need to do that, and so we’ll surely see him making many more moves to add depth too.