General manager Chris Ballard has invested a lot in the offensive line, and he’s hoping the Colts have turned a weakness into a strength this offseason.
The health and performance of Jack Mewhort could go a long way in determining the success of the offensive line next season. Mewhort has been a very solid guard when he’s been in the lineup, but he’s struggled with injuries over the past two seasons.
Mewhort has played in only 15 games since the beginning of the 2016 season, and his year ended after just five games in 2017. Mewhort’s nagging knee injury required surgery that caused Indianapolis to place him on injured reserve.
The Colts re-signed Mewhort to a one-year deal worth $1.5 million this offseason. That relatively low price showed they’re not entirely confident in his health moving forward.
Indianapolis would only sacrifice $300,000 in dead cap room if they were to cut Mewhort this season.
The Colts’ depth chart at guard is pretty crowded after a flurry of offseason moves.
Indianapolis signed Matt Slauson in free agency, who has played both guard and center during his eight year NFL career. Chris Ballard spent two of his top three draft picks on offensive guards in Quenton Nelson and Braden Smith.
While Nelson is a pretty sure bet to earn a starting job, Slauson has similar injury concerns to Mewhort and Braden Smith didn’t get many reps with the first team during OTA’s.
I think the Colts want to go into the season with as many quality options as possible along the offensive line, and that will include Jack Mewhort. Even if Mewhort isn’t a week one starter, he is on a fairly cheap contract and would be a high quality backup for a team that desires stability in the trenches.