The Colts have made a few moves along the offensive line this offseason that have put Le’Raven Clark squarely on the roster bubble heading into training camp.
Most of general manager Chris Ballard’s offseason moves focused on the interior of the offensive line by re-signing Jack Mewhort, drafting Quenton Nelson and Braden Smith, and inking Matt Slauson to a deal in free agency. However, Ballard also added a veteran tackle that will likely be ahead of Clark on the Colts’ offensive tackle depth chart in Austin Howard.
I would expect Howard to start at right tackle on the opposite side of Anthony Castonzo. That leaves Clark without a clear path to a starting job after starting eight games at right tackle and right guard for the Colts over the past two seasons.
Clark hasn’t been very impressive when he’s been able to get some playing time in Indianapolis as he’s been a major part of the Colts’ offensive line issues.
Clark still has two years left on his rookie contract after being selected in the third round of the 2016 draft, and he would cost the Colts about $550,000 in dead cap money if they cut him this offseason according to Spotrac. But it looks like many players from that draft class are in danger of losing their jobs including T.J. Green and Hassan Ridgeway.
Clark’s ability to play both tackle and guard has made him a useful rotational lineman over his first two NFL seasons, but he hasn’t played at a high enough level to deserve a roster spot.
With the multitude of guards and tackles on Colts’ roster, I don’t expect Clark to stick around in Indianapolis this season.