This morning the Colts signed defensive tackle Al Woods, and it sounds like they’ll have another tackle in-house tomorrow for a visit. According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, John Jenkins will visit the Colts tomorrow after a visit with the Bears today.
Jenkins was drafted in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints and played there from 2013-2016, but he was cut mid-season last year and picked up by the Seattle Seahawks, where he finished the season by playing in two games with them. In his four-year career, he has played in 51 career games and started 22 of them, recording 113 tackles, 1.5 sacks, a forced fumble, and two passes defensed.
It’s very possible that this visit tomorrow is the Colts’ plan to begin moving on from Dontari Poe if need be. Poe is reportedly done with his free agent tour and is now contemplating his options, and it’s possible that Chris Ballard either has a sense that the Colts won’t be signing Poe or that it’s time to move on to another option. Or, of course, this visit could just be to ensure that the Colts explore their options while they wait for Poe - we don’t really know. What we do know, however, is that Chris Ballard and the Colts seem very intent on improving their defensive line. That’s why they signed Al Woods, and that’s why they’re exploring other tackles on the market - like Dontari Poe and John Jenkins.
The Colts have typically been very good at closing the deal on free agents who are visiting if the team wants to sign them, so we’ll have to monitor what happens with Jenkins tomorrow. But either way, I think we should expect more moves to the Colts’ defensive line before the dust settles this offseason.