The Indianapolis Colts have made another move in free agency, as they have signed former Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Al Woods, according to his agents at SportsTrust. According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, it’s a two-year deal worth $5 million.
Woods was drafted in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft and has bounced around with a number of teams, as he’s spent time with the New Orleans Saints, Pittsburgh Steelers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Seattle Seahawks, and Tennessee Titans. In his career, he has played in 81 games and started 19 of them, recording 104 tackles, 3.5 sacks, and two passes defensed. He started 17 games over the past three seasons with the Titans, playing in 42.
This is likely another move that will add competition to the roster, and I wouldn’t neccessarily automatically assume that this means that either Dontari Poe and/or David Parry are out of the picture for Indianapolis. No matter what happens they’ll need multiple tackles up front who can rotate, and so there’s still plenty of room for more signings up front. The questions are probably more about what this means for some of the Colts depth (like with Parry or Art Jones, for instance), and that could be very much dependent upon whether the Colts make other moves. Especially in Parry’s case, if the Colts add another tackle then Woods and Parry might be competing for that backup spot. But even then, the Colts could have Woods play more of a defensive tackle role and leave Parry as the backup nose tackle if they make another move. Of course, this is all speculation right now and is heavily dependent upon whether the Colts make other moves or not, but either way, this move is for competition purposes, and in that regard Al Woods isn’t a bad guy to add.