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Colts Waive Telfer with Failed Physical Designation, Sign DE Chris McCain

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The Colts may have actually found a real player in defensive end Chris McCain after Randall Telfer’s physical failed to pan out.

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Randall Telfer’s time in Indianapolis didn’t last long, that is, if he ever actually made it to town. Telfer, after being claimed off of waivers from the Cleveland Browns on Monday was subsequently waived Tuesday by the Indianapolis Colts with a failed physical designation.

It would appear that the failed trade with the Kansas City Chiefs, that led to him being waived in the first place, may have been called off for the same reason.

The Colts followed Telfer’s release by signing defensive end Chris McCain who had a breakout season last year in Los Angeles with the Chargers. McCain went undrafted in 2014, but played his first two seasons with the Miami Dolphins, 2016 with the New Orleans Saints and racked up 5 sacks with the Chargers in 2017 despite not starting a single game.

McCain is a bit light for what we’d expect to see at defensive end carrying only 236 pounds on his 6-foot-5 frame, but in case you haven’t been paying attention, Chris Ballard and Matt Eberflus cherish speed and explosion. McCain certainly possesses each of those and could reasonably become a very nice signing at this point in the offseason.

While McCain wasn’t a starter, he was backing up one of the best pass-rushing duos in the league last year in Los Angeles. With Ballard constantly looking to upgrade the roster at every turn, this is what we should come to expect from here on out. The Colts are somewhat deep — in terms of numbers — right now at the position, but the Colts’ second-year GM is never above making changes the make themselves necessary.

Maybe McCain actually proves to be a legit backup in Indianapolis through camp, and if the Colts have now found a true rotational pass rusher at this point in the year who can provide a real threat with backup snaps, I don’t think any Colts fans will be complaining.