INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis Colts have agreed to a two-year deal with defensive end Margus Hunt, according to NFL Network. Hunt, who is from Estonia, had never played football until he attended SMU. He was taken by the Cincinnati Bengals in the second round of the 2013 NFL draft.
Terms: Reportedly a two-year deal
Grade D: Hunt has made more of an impact on special teams than on defense in his career. He blocked three kicks last season with the Bengals. The Colts are in a transition period on special teams, following the retirement of punter Pat McAfee this offseason. Hunt was a rotational defensive player in Cincinnati.
What it means: Indianapolis general manager Chris Ballard is not worried about making headlines with his offseason moves. He's more focused on adding depth and competition to the roster. Too often in the past the Colts were top heavy with their roster, without much competition coming in from behind. It really hurt them when they were hit with injuries. For those keeping track at home, the list of defensive players Ballard has signed since the start of free agency on March 9 is now up to four. Hunt joins linebackers Jabaal Sheard, John Simon and Barkevious Mingo as new faces to the Colts' roster.
What's the risk? Hunt hasn't done much from a defensive standpoint during the first four years of his career. He has totaled 29 tackles and 1.5 sacks in that time span. Hunt has appeared in 44 games in his career. How many of those games has he started? Zero. None. Zilch. Hunt isn't young, either. He will turn 30 years old in July. There will be an opportunity for playing time as the Colts revamp their defense, but Hunt will have to show more than what he did during his time in Cincinnati.