Shipley was signed by the Colts in January of 2012 to be their backup center to Samson Satele. He’s played in 14 career NFL games with his first playing time with the Colts coming December 9th in a home game against the Tennessee Titans when Satele went down with an injury.
He would fill in sparingly and actually played fairly well.
With Satele being healthy and taking rookie Khaled Holmes from USC a few weeks ago in the draft, Shipley looked to be the one on the outside looking in. Indianapolis doesn’t need three centers on the roster, especially with guard Mike McGlynn being able to also play center.
The move to trade Shipley to Baltimore will free some more cap space and allow the Colts to sign their remaining rookies.
It honestly is a good move for both sides as the Colts can clear room on the roster as well as the salary cap, and Shipley will have the opportunity to start as the Ravens’ long time center just retired.
Shipley is a former seventh round pick from Penn State by the Pittsburgh Steelers. He played the entire ’09 season in Pittsburgh before getting picked up by the Philadelpha Eagles in 2010. He spent two years on their practice squad before the Colts signed him.
Now he should finally get a chance to start and make an impact on Baltimore while the Colts will go with Satele and Holmes.