What Loss of Antoine Bethea Means For Indianapolis Colts
The Indianapolis Colts have been making some major moves this offseason. They have re-signed players like Pat McAfee, Adam Vinatieri, Sergio Brown and Fili Moala. They’ve also agreed to deals with Da’Qwell Jackson and Arthur Jones in free agency. However, they lost a key player too, as safety Antoine Bethea has signed with the San Francisco 49ers.
This is a big loss to the Colts. Bethea has been with the team since 2006, and where he’s going to be missed most is his dependability.
The 29 year old has never missed a game in his NFL career. He’s been on the field every game for the Colts, but that will obviously change in 2014. He leaves a huge void in the secondary, as they will now need to find a replacement for 806 career tackles, 14 interceptions, five forced fumbles and 3.5 sacks. He was also a two-time Pro Bowler a starter on the 2007 Super Bowl team.
“Indy it’s been real… Fans and city showed me nothing but love my eight years there and greeted me w/ open arms Appreciate all the support!” said Bethea on Twitter today.
The Colts signed LaRon Landry last year in free agency and will now need to find someone ASAP to fill Bethea’s void. They will need a leader, someone who is going to be healthy, and someone who will be in the right spot at all times.
Bethea was all that and more.
Landry made a lot of bad angles last year, but Bethea made up for that. He made up for a lot of bad plays by being back there for help. This certainly is a big loss for the Colts.
Eric Smith is the Colts writer for Rant Sports. He’s covered the team since 2010 and is recognized as an accredited member of the media by the Colts. Follow him on Twitter @ericsportsguru