The Indianapolis Colts are continuing to explore their options in free agency, and according to CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora they will host Seahawks tight end Brandon Williams for a visit.
Williams was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Carolina Panthers in 2013 and he played with them until he was cut during the 2015 season. The Miami Dolphins picked him up and he spent time on their practice squad and active roster, and then in 2016 he signed with the Seattle Seahawks. In his career, he has played in 45 games and started one of them, recording six catches for 80 yards and averaging 13.3 yards per catch. Last year with Seattle, he played in all 16 games and started one, catching two passes for 36 yards.
The Colts are likely giving Williams a look to see whether he’d be worth bringing in as competition in the tight end room. They brought back Jack Doyle to be the top tight end and Erik Swoope proved he can be a capable receiver, so he’ll be the number two. But after that, the Colts have no depth or competition, so they’ll likely be looking to add some. That’s where Williams could come in: he’s an ok depth tight end and special teams contributor, and that’s what wound up earning him a spot on Seattle’s roster last year. So if the Colts bring him in, it likely wouldn’t be a guarantee of him actually making the roster but as a guy to compete for the number three tight end spot (and they’ll likely have to bring in another tight end or two as well this offseason, perhaps through the draft). We say it all the time, but Chris Ballard is really looking to improve the competition level of the roster. If the Colts do sign Brandon Williams after his visit, that’s all the move would mean: added competition.