Zach Orr has had a rather interesting year. After finishing 2016 with 132 tackles, 5 passes defensed, and 3 interceptions, Orr announced his retirement due to a congenital spine issue. Now he has received a second-opinion that his condition does not making him any more susceptible to injury than any other player and he is trying to come back.
The Colts have spent a great deal of time focusing on building competition at inside linebacker since Chris Ballard took over as General Manager. Now, Ballard will have the chance to have the doctor’s evaluate Orr and try to make a run at bringing him into the fold.
If Orr does return to football and is able to get back to the same level of production for another team it will be a blow to Baltimore. Consider that the Ravens originally held all of the bargaining chips with the option to tender Orr as a restricted free agent earlier in the year. Now, Orr is arguably the hottest free agent on the market.
I don’t suspect that Orr will sign quickly as he will be a hot commodity but Alex Marvez confirmed via Twitter that he visited the Colts.
Adding Orr to a group that includes free agent additions Jon Bostic and Sean Spence, along with returning starters Edwin Jackson and Antonio Morrison, and fifth round pick Anthony Walker would make things rather crowded. Still, grabbing a player at 25 or 26 years old with a clean bill of health capable of his level of production would be huge for any team.
We will monitor Orr’s status.