Originally a 5th round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers, the 6’6”, 270 pound edge is coming off a lone season with the Bears in which he recorded 16 tackles, 3.0 sacks, and an interception in 13 games (3 starts).
Per Pro Football Focus (subscription), he was their 28th best graded edge defender with a +73.6 grade overall—including a +87.0 run defense grade, which was the 6th best among all players at his ‘position’.
The 6-year veteran has 99 tackles, 18.0 sacks, 54 QB Hits, 8 passes defensed, an interception, and a fumble recovery in 57 career games (22 starts).
Lynch isn’t the most flashy name remaining in free agency, but he could be an effective rotational defensive end for the Colts—especially in the run game.
At 26 years old, Lynch still has plenty of youth in his favor and could be the type of defensive player that general manager Chris Ballard likes to bank on with upside—albeit on a team friendly deal.
That being said, it looks like Lynch has his fair share of suitors, so it’ll be interesting to see if he ultimately signs with the Colts on Wednesday.