INDIANAPOLIS- The Indianapolis Colts made two crucial moves on Thursday as they signed linebacker D’Qwell Jackson this morning and released center Samson Satele this afternoon.
Satele was brought in to be the starting center in 2012 replacing Jeff Saturday with the team. He has been the center for the first two years of Andrew Luck‘s tenure, but the QB will have a new guy snapping him the ball in year three.
Cutting ties with Satele makes sense for multiple reasons. He has been injury-prone since coming to Indianapolis as he missed multiple games both seasons. Also, when he did play he struggled.
It was no secret that the Colts’ best rushing games came when Satele was on the sidelines. It seemed like the offense clicked more with him out as they had more of a balance and did a better job protecting Luck.
Another reason why it’s a good thing the team released Satele is due to the Colts saving $4 million against the cap by cutting him. It will count roughly around $1 million in dead money, so it makes sense for both performance and monetary reasons.
Indianapolis can go a couple of ways for a replacement.
They can sign another veteran when the free agency period opens next week or draft a young center and groom him to be the future. Another move they can make it allowing Mike McGlynn to move from guard to center as he did a phenomenal job when filling in for Satele the last two seasons.
Overall, this move needed to be made and made a ton of sense.
Eric Smith is the Colts Beat Writer for Rant Sports. He’s covered the team the past four seasons and is recognized as an accredited member of the media by the Colts. Follow him on Twitter @ericsportsguru