Posted Mar 17, 2012

The Indianapolis Colts have signed safety Tom Zbikowski.

Zbikowski, 5-11, 200 pounds, enters his fifth NFL season after spending the last four years with the Baltimore Ravens (2008-11). He was originally selected by the Ravens in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft. Zbikowski has competed in 53 career games (14 starts) and has totaled 49 tackles (41 solo), two interceptions, one sack, five passes defensed and 58 special teams stops. He has also contributed with 14 kickoff returns for a 21.8 average and 16 punt returns for a 6.3 average.

“Tom is a very dedicated and fiery player,” said Head Coach Chuck Pagano. “His competitiveness drives him to perform at a high level and his aggressive style of play parallels the attitude we’re looking for from the defensive unit. We’re very excited Tom will be joining the Colts this season.”

Zbikowski was part of a Ravens secondary that has ranked third in the NFL in pass defense over the last four seasons (202.0 ypg.). In 2011, Baltimore finished fourth in the league against the pass (196.3 ypg.) while finishing third in total defense (288.9).

A native of Park Ridge, Illinois, Zbikowski spent his collegiate years in the state of Indiana at Notre Dame. He was a two-time team captain for the Fighting Irish and in 2007 helped the secondary rank third in the nation in pass defense (161.6 ypg.). In 2006, Zbikowski was selected as an Associated Press third team All-America selection while being named a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, presented to the nation’s best defensive back.

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