The Colts are re-signing veteran cornerback T.J. Carrie to a 1-year deal, per Joel A. Erickson.
Jason Spears of ForTheColture was the first to report the re-signing, and ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler later added that the deal was worth more than $2 million.
Breaking: Colts have re-signed TJ Carrie to a 1 year deal. (per multiple sources).— Jason Spears (@ForTheCOLTure_J) April 17, 2021
Carrie, who was a valuable addition for Indianapolis last season, secured two interceptions — including a pix-six of former Jets quarterback, Sam Darnold, and had 32 combined tackles as well.
With Carrie’s return, the Colts’ cornerback room now consists of the same starters from last season.
Despite the team recently bringing back several valuable secondary pieces, in Xavier Rhodes and Carrie, I’d still expect Indianapolis to make a move at corner during the draft.
The team is still in need for a long-term answer at CB1. Aside from Kenny Moore, there are still several questions marks surrounding the Colts’ cornerback room, too.
Third-year corner Rock Ya-Sin has been hot and cold, Isaiah Rodgers has made more of an impact on special teams, and Marvell Tell — who showed some promise during the 2019 season, returns to the team after opting out last season. But even with Tell’s return, it’ll likely take some time to shake off whatever rust he may have after missing an an entire season.
Heading into the 2021 season, the Colts should feel very strongly about their cornerback room. However, while the need isn’t pressing at the moment, that shouldn’t stop Indy from making a valuable move at corner in the draft.
According to Pro Football Focus, Indianapolis’ secondary was fourth-best in the NFL last season, ranking them ahead of both the Baltimore Ravens and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
With Indy’s secondary now consisting of the same starters from last season, including several players who performed at an elite level last season, the pressure will likely be on to build off of last season’s performance and go from being just ‘very good’ to ‘great.’