INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE ROSTER MOVES

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE ROSTER MOVES

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The Indianapolis Colts today signed unrestricted free agent defensive end Margus Hunt and unrestricted free agent center/guard Brian Schwenke.

Hunt, 6-8, 295 pounds, spent the last four seasons (2013-16) with the Cincinnati Bengals. He has played in 44 career games and compiled 26 tackles (14 solo), 1.5 sacks, three passes defensed and four special teams stops. Hunt has also blocked three kicks (one field goal and two PATs). He has appeared in two postseason contests and tallied two tackles and 0.5 sack. Hunt was originally selected by the Bengals in the second round (53rd overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft out of SMU.

“Margus has rare size, speed and athleticism,” said Colts General Manager Chris Ballard. “He has good experience on defense and is a significant contributor on special teams as well. I’m excited to see how he progresses this year.”

In 2016, Hunt played in 15 games and totaled 14 tackles (seven solo), two passes defensed and three special teams stops. He led the NFL with three blocked kicks (one field goal and two PATs). Hunt saw action in seven games in 2015 and registered two tackles. In 2014, he appeared in 12 games and collected six tackles (four solo), 1.0 sack, one pass defensed and one special teams stop. Hunt played in one postseason contest and tallied two tackles and 0.5 sack. As a rookie in 2013, he appeared in 10 games and made four tackles (two solo) and 0.5 sack. Hunt saw action in one postseason contest.

Schwenke, 6-3, 315 pounds, spent the last four seasons (2013-16) with the Tennessee Titans. He has played in 41 career games (28 starts) at center and guard. Schwenke was originally selected by the Titans in the fourth round (107th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft out of California.

“We are excited to add Brian to our offensive line group,” said Colts General Manager Chris Ballard. “Brian’s versatility was what made him most attractive to us and he will provide more competition at the position group.”

In 2016, Schwenke saw action in all 16 games (three starts) for the first time in his career. His three starts came at right guard. Schwenke helped the Titans rush for an average of 136.7 yards per game, which ranked third in the NFL. He also helped Tennessee tie for seventh in the league in fewest sacks allowed. Schwenke started the first five games of the 2015 season at center before suffering an injury and being placed on the Injured Reserve list on October 20, 2015. He started the first 11 games of the 2014 season before suffering an injury and being placed on the Injured Reserve list on November 25, 2014. As a rookie in 2013, Schwenke started all nine games he played in at center.