After a successful 2017 season in their secondary, the Indianapolis Colts are looking to get better on the backside of their defense. On Sunday, the Colts will host former Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Phillip Gaines for a visit, who hit free agency after four years in Kansas City.
Gaines, 26, was drafted in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft out of Rice. In four seasons in Kansas City, he racked up 100 combined tackles, including 90 of the solo variety. In coverage, Gaines deflected 14 passes and intercepted one pass. His best season came in 2016, when he had 44 combined tackles, seven pass deflections and one interception.
The Colts secondary was very strong last season, allowing 246.6 yards per game, good for fifth in the NFL. After two seasons with the Colts, cornerback Rashaan Melvin is set to explore free agency, leaving an opening for the Colts to fill this offseason. Melvin was tied for first on the team in interceptions with rookie Malik Hooker with three interceptions last season. Gaines could be a nice addition to the Colts secondary and a nice fill-in for Melvin.