The Indianapolis Colts have waived-injured defensive back Mike Cirino and signed free agent cornerback Channing Stribling, who was a tryout participant at the Colts’ rookie minicamp. If Cirino clears waivers, he will revert to the Colts’ Injured Reserve list.
Stribling (6-1, 188, 23) went undrafted out of Michigan in the 2017 draft and is now on his fourth team, and his second stint with the Colts. He was originally signed by the Cleveland Browns (2017) and waived during preseason cuts. He spent a couple of weeks on their practice squad until being released and then picked up on the Colts’ practice squad (2017). Stribling was in Indianapolis for just over a month before being released, then signed onto the San Francisco 49ers’ practice squad (2017). He signed a reserve/future deal there this January but was let go after the draft. He has made no appearances in his three stints as a rookie.
At Michigan, Stribling started 18-of-47 games and had 68 tackles (4.0 for loss), 1.0 sack, 1 forced fumble, 6 interceptions, 22 pass breakups and 1 touchdown. Leading up to the 2017 NFL Draft, NFL.com draft analyst Lance Zierlein had the following to say about Stribling:
Linear press corner who took advantage of newly-found playing time and produced results. While he has NFL length, his long speed is problematic and he struggles to maintain coverage against quick receivers who work inside the numbers. There are defenses who will prefer Stribling’s physical traits and ball skills, but he will be limited by scheme fit.
Cirino is a rookie undrafted free agent out of Adams State to was generating a bit of buzz after earning his way onto the roster, also as a rookie camp tryout. He has versatility as a corner and safety. Again, he will land on the Colts’ IR list if he goes unclaimed on waivers.
At cornerback, the Colts now have:
- Quincy Wilson
- Pierre Desir
- Kenny Moore
- Nate Hairston
- D.J. White
- Chris Milton
- Henre’ Toliver
- Robert Jackson
- Lashard Durr
- Channing Stribling