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Colts Add Two Former Top Pick Castoffs

Colts’ Newly Signed Linebacker Ernie Sims

In Indianapolis, the trickle-down effect of Peyton Manning’s cap-saving 5 year, $90 million dollar contract can already be felt. On Monday, the Colts reached an agreement with former Falcon and the 8th overall pick of the 2007 NFL Draft in defensive end Jamaal Anderson. Today, they made similar noise, striking a one year deal with former Lion and Eagle and the  9th pick of the 2006 NFL Draft in linebacker Ernie Sims. While these are a step back from true big free agent signings, it does show that Indianapolis is using some of their newly found dollars to infuse some additional talent into the roster.

With Anderson, the Colts should get a pass rusher more in the mold of former Colt Raheem Brock than Dwight Freeney, as he comes in a little heavier at roughly 290 pounds. Regardless, the Colts will be hoping that their pro-bowl pass rushing tandem of Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis, as well as the prowess of defensive line coach John Teerlinck, will be able to help Anderson reach his full ability, which once made him so highly regarded coming out of Arkansas. It shouldn’t take much, as Anderson has only recorded 4 1/2 sacks in his previous 4 NFL seasons.

In Sims, the Colts will get a player who was touted as a “Derrick Brooks” clone coming out of Florida State in 2006. In theory, it should be a welcome addition to a defense that recently just lost linebacker Clint Session to the Jaguars and consistently runs a lot of Cover 2. Truth be told, Sims has the speed and athleticism to flourish in such a system, and unlike Anderson, he has been a consistently productive player, starting 15 games last season for the Eagles, recording 55 tackles and 2 sacks.



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