The Indianapolis Colts continue to welcome visiting veterans this week.
NFL Network reporter Mike Garafolo reports safe Darian Thompson is the latest defender to take the trip to the Indianapolis facility. The Colts are said to have welcomed the visiting six-year veteran on April 14.
News of Thompson’s visit came on the morning of April 15. Less than two hours later, NFL Insider Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported The Colts have signed two-time All-Pro full-back Stephon Gilmore.
Defensive Player of the Year 2019, Gilmore is said to have visited the Colts on April 13.
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Colts plug hole in the secondary
Indianapolis considers Thompson just the latest example of the organization’s emphasis on its needs being secondary. Since the beginning of April, Indianapolis has signed three safety contracts – Armani Watts, Brandon King and Rodney McLeod.
The Colts have also signed full-back Brandon Facyson for a one year agreement on March 15th.
Of course, Gilmore became Indianapolis’ crown jewel in freelancing when the Colts added him to a two-year contract on April 15.
Colts have agreed to a one-year contract worth about $1.2 million with Watts on April 5. Contract details for the companions of King and McLeod have yet to be revealed.
In this offseason free agency, the Colts lost safe George Odum and villain Xavier Rhodes. They also traded the corner Rock Ya-Sin for the Las Vegas Raiders for the defensive end Yannick Ngakoue.
But all of these additions made up for those losses. If signed, Thompson will become the sixth new player added to the Colts sub-team this season.
Aside from Matt Ryan, Indianapolis has yet to add a new player following the offense.
Darian Thompson in Special Team
Thompson is capable of providing depth to any secondary. But wherever he goes, he will likely contribute the most to exceptional teams.
Thompson was dressed in only five games against the Dallas Cowboys last season, but in those competitions, he appeared on 80% of his team’s specials. Over the course of 2020, Thompson played 15 games and placed third for the Cowboys in specials.
It was interesting that the Colts organized Thompson for a visit after having signed Watts, who had a similar role to the Kansas City Chiefs as Thompson did with Dallas. Watts is ranked in the top three for Captains in Special Teams in both 2020 and 2021. In 2020, Watts leads Captains with 330 Special Teams.
Picked in the third round from the 2016 NFL Draft, Thompson began his career with the New York Giants. He played two seasons with the team that drafted him, starting 16 games for the Giants in 2017.
Thompson has spent the past four years in Dallas, appearing in 45 games, starting 11 of them. He’s made seven strong safe-haven starts in 2020 and remains third on the team in specials.
In six NFL seasons, Thompson had 173 tackles combined, including five tackles lost and five quarterbacks. He also has 10 defensive passes and two interceptions.
In his final season in 2020, Thompson made 43 coordinated tackles, one midfield hit and one interception. Last year, he had three synthetic tackles.
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