The Indianapolis Colts had a small handful of players set to hit the market as unrestricted free agents this offseason who could have had an argument to be re-signed by the team. The move to a new defensive scheme, age, production issues and injuries are notable obstacles that Chris Ballard and the front office were going to have to weigh in their analysis of the in-house free agents.
One of those has officially been signed away from the Colts and is headed to the west coast on a deal he likely earned with a great work ethic and improved play. Barkevious Mingo has now agreed to a 2-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks, reportedly for $10.1 million per Ian Rapoport.
Mingo had arguably his most productive year since his rookie season in Indianapolis last season totaling 44 tackles, 2 sacks along with 3 forced fumbles and recoveries. Mingo was a guy the Colts brought in, and was perceived to likely be a special teams contributor, but was a very solid as a rotational piece. Mingo was arguably the Colts best coverage linebacker and created pressure amidst a group in the front seven that struggled to do it consistently last year.
Many were clamoring for Mingo to return, but he was seen as a likely departure as a less-than-ideal scheme fit for the Colts new base defense under Matt Eberflus. More Colts are reportedly on the way out, but have not been made official at this time.
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