According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, former Indianapolis Colts safety Clayton Geathers is looking to continue his professional playing career—as a free agent:
Former #Colts S Clayton Geathers, who took off last season due to COVID and to get 100 percent healthy, intends to play again in 2021, per his new agent @Chris_Coy. He’s currently a free agent.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 15, 2021
Originally, a 2015 4th round pick of the Colts, the 6’2”, 216 pound safety recorded 244 tackles (183 solo), 4 tackles for loss, an interception, 10 passes defensed, 2 forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery during 56 career games (34 starts) for Indianapolis.
Geathers last played in the NFL for the Colts during the 2019 season—when he appeared in 15 games (10 starts).
When fully healthy, the 28 year old safety was a locker room leader and effective, hard-hitting hybrid safety for the Colts defense.
However, having suffered a season-ending neck injury during the 2016 season, he never looked quite fully recovered following surgery even seasons later.
The veteran safety will look to latch on with an NFL team this offseason, but chances are, it won’t be with the Colts—as the defense needs a more rangy, coverage oriented safety (less in-the-box in playing style than Geathers) to pair with returning starters Khari Willis and Julian Blackmon going forward.