Chris Ballard and the Indianapolis Colts are making a move for a defensive end. According to Sean Stellato, and confirmed by the team, the Colts have signed Ryan Delaire and released safety Shamarko Thomas today.
Delair last played for the Carolina Panthers back in 2016, amassing 3.5 sacks in 15 total games played over two seasons of work. During that span, the former Towson star acclimated 15 tackles, including four that was assisted.
Ever since the retirement of Robert Mathis, the Colts have been searching for a sack-making playmaker on the defensive line. While Delaire, 26, isn’t expected to be a star or start right away, he should add to the competition and depth on that end of the field.
The Colts are currently missing rookie Kemoko Turay and don’t seem to be satisfied with second-year DE Tarell Basham at this point. Additionally, Thomas managed to get disqualified in the first preseason game of the year after getting an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for remaining out of bounds too long, then getting a personal foul penalty for leading with the helmet resulting in a nasty hit.