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Report: Colts “very interested” in Nick Perry

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We’ve heard of a number of players the Colts have been connected with in free agency or are reported to have some interest in, and while the reported interest could all be true, it’s understood that the Colts won’t be able to sign everyone they have interest in or that’s been reported.

Another player that the team is reportedly interested in is Packers outside linebacker Nick Perry. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Tom Silverstein, the Colts “appeared to be very interested” in Perry last week at the NFL Scouting Combine.

A first round draft pick by the Packers in 2012, Perry broke out in his fifth season, recording eleven sacks last year as he started 12 games (playing in 14). Perry has played in 60 games and started 28 of them, recording 151 tackles, 23.5 sacks, five forced fumbles, eight passes defensed, and an interception.

Perry showed a real ability to get after the quarterback last year and can also play against the run. He would be an upgrade over Erik Walden at the SOLB spot, and he would be a solid addition at a huge need for the Colts. They have very little experience at outside linebacker and really aren’t all that talented either, making it a desperate need for them to address this offseason. With the top pass rushers not even hitting the open market, Nick Perry would make sense for the Colts if they still want to pursue an outside linebacker - and it sounds like they do.