The Indianapolis Colts traded for defensive end Yannick Ngakoue in the past offseason to increase the defense’s pressure on opposing quarterbacks. In 2021 the Colts finished with 33 sackswho was tied for 25th place in the NFL.
But in three games, Ngakoue’s arrival had little effect on Indianapolis’ ability to defeat the quarterback. After 3 weeks the Colts Got 4 bags; only 3 teams in the league have less.
The most likely way the Colts will put more pressure on opposing quarterbacks is by making adjustments to defensive line rotation or calling for more blitzes. Bleacher Reports However, David Kenyon called for a more radical change.
On September 25th he suggested the Colts sign edge rusher Dee Ford.
“Ford could provide a much-needed boost to a Colts roster that still has playoff ambitions in a bad division.” wrote Kenyon.
ford has posted 2 sack seasons in double digits in his 8-year NFL career. But Ford struggled with injuries throughout the 2020 and 2021 seasons. He only played 7 games in those two campaigns combined.
The San Francisco 49ers cutting Ford on July 27, just three years after signing an $85.5 million contract.
Ford offers valuable experience
Now 31 years old and 4 seasons from his last full season, Ford is far from safe. He’s more of a recovery project at this point than the player the Kansas City Chiefs drafted in the first round of the draft 2014 NFL draft.
In 5 seasons with the Chiefs, Ford Posted 30.5 sacks, 137 combined tackles, 69 quarterback hits, 7 pass defenses and 9 forced fumbles. He made it to the Pro Bowl in 2018 with a career-high 13.0 sacks and 7 forced fumbles in the league.
After this season Kansas City traded Ford to the 49ers. san francisco signed him immediately to a five-year, $85.5 million contract. NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported that the maximum value of the deal was $87.5 million.
Ford made a significant contribution to the 49ers in 2019, Post 6.5 sacks, 6 tackles for loss and 6 quarterback hits. San Francisco’s strong defensive line ironically led the 49ers to a Super Bowl appearance against Ford’s former team – the Chiefs.
But then Ford showed up Neck and back injuries the following season. He only recorded 3.0 sacks for the remainder of his tenure at San Francisco.
Now the question for his next team will be how much is left in the tank. kenyon argued that teams desperate for pass rush will find it worth hiring Ford to find out.
“Teams have a constant need for impact edge rushers, and the list of options is very small.” Kenyon wrote. “Also, injuries – as always – are beginning to thin out the depth charts.”
How Ford would fit in with the Colts
Indianapolis owns Ngakoue and Kwity Paye on the fringes in defense. But depth at the edge rusher isn’t one of the strengths of the Indianapolis defense. Paye and Ngakoue have combined for 3 of the team’s 4 sacks over 3 weeks.
If Ford is healthy and somewhat like his former self, he can be a pass-rushing third-down specialist.
Or the Colts could use Ford in more run-like situations and save Ngakoue for pass rushing downs. According to the player grades Focus on professional footballFord was a much better stopper than Ngakoue last season.
Spotrac has called Indianapolis has about $7.8 million left in salary cap. If Indianapolis can sign Ford at an affordable price, bringing in the experienced edge rusher could well be worth the risk.
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