INDIANAPOLIS -- Down goes another player the Indianapolis Colts acquired in 2013.
Right tackle Gosder Cherilus, who was released on Sunday, joined three other starters acquired in 2013 who have been released by the Colts this offseason.
Cherilus, who signed a five-year, $35 million contract, looked like he would combine with left tackle Anthony Castonzo to be the pillars protecting franchise quarterback Andrew Luck for years to come. But things went downhill quickly for Cherilus.
He battled knee, shoulder and groin problems last season before eventually being placed on injured reserve Dec. 31. Cherilus gave up six sacks, 15 quarterback hits and 27 quarterback hurries last season, according to ProFootballFocus.com
Cherilus joins safety LaRon Landry (four years, $24 million) and defensive lineman Ricky Jean-Francois (four years, $22 million) as starters from the 2013 free agent class who have been released this offseason. And to go even further running back Trent Richardson, who the Colts acquired in a trade from Cleveland in September, was also released this offseason.
Another player from that 2013 free-agent class, guard Donald Thomas, has only played two games with the team because of a torn bicep and torn quad.