The Indianapolis Colts announced on Wednesday that the team has signed backup defensive tackle Sheldon Day to a 1-year deal:
Originally a 2016 4th round pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars, the 6’1”, 285 pound defensive tackle spent the last three seasons with the San Francisco 49ers.
Of course, the former teammate of Colts new All-Pro defensive tackle DeForest Buckner in San Francisco could very well be backing him up in Indianapolis—although he looks more like a one-technique, meaning he might be playing alongside him.
In fact, it wouldn’t be surprising if Day’s play jumped out to the Colts as part of their pre-trade film review homework for Buckner—and perhaps his later signing was initially an unintended consequence of the Colts’ earlier blockbuster trade with the 49ers.
Day’s fresh off a season for the NFC Champion 49ers in which he recorded 15 tackles, 6 total QB pressures, and a sack in all 16 games (2 starts).
Per Pro Football Focus (subscription), Day was their 115th best rated interior defender with a +60.6 grade this past season—which is about expected for a backup defensive lineman.
Many Colts fans may already be familiar with Day from his time playing for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (where he was a teammate of the Colts Quenton Nelson) or perhaps even locally in Indianapolis, as a Warren Central High School product.
Day has always been regarded as a high energy and effort player, so he should be a solid rotational interior backup for the Colts defensive line next season—as he gets to have a ‘homecoming’ back in Indianapolis.