Indianapolis Colts Cornerback Greg Toler Must Prove His Worth in 2014
Former Arizona Cardinals cornerback Greg Toler was signed by the Indianapolis Colts during the 2013 offseason in an attempt to shore up arguably the most suspect secondary in all of football. Set to partner Vontae Davis – the only other corner on the roster with any real quality – Colts GM Ryan Grigson snapped up the Saint Paul’s College alumnus for a reported $15 million over three years.
Toler arrived in Indianapolis with a reputation for being injury-prone. Drafted by the Cardinals in 2009, he made just 38 regular season appearances out of a possible 64 and missed the entire 2011 season after suffering a serious knee injury. His Colts career started brightly with a solid performance against the Oakland Raiders in Week 1, with him intercepting quarterback Terrelle Pryor in the end zone early in the first quarter.
Unfortunately for Toler and the Colts, a groin injury against the Denver Broncos in Week 7 would keep him on the sidelines for nearly half the season.
After a limited amount of game time in the final two weeks of the regular season, Toler was put back into the starting lineup for the Wild Card game against the Kansas City Chiefs. It was clear from the start that he wasn’t fully healthy, as he was giving up big plays while covering Dwayne Bowe and getting torched by former Colts receiver Donnie Avery for a 79-yard touchdown. Indianapolis would advance after overcoming a 28-point deficit against the Chiefs and Toler would play a bit part against the New England Patriots in the AFC Divisional Round.
Set for groin surgery during the offseason, Toler’s cap hit will be close to $5 million in 2014 and some have argued it would be best to part ways with the 29-year old. With Davis and Cassius Vaughn entering free agency, Toler and Darius Butler are the only starting-caliber cornerbacks remaining on the Colts’ roster.
Re-signing Davis is thought to the main priority for the front office staff and if Toler wants to be in defensive coordinator Greg Manusky’s future plans, he will need to stay healthy and produce consistently to a high standard when his number is called next season.
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