Colts Tender Four Exclusive Rights Free Agents

Posted Mar 14, 2018

The Indianapolis Colts on Wednesday tendered all four of their exclusive rights free agents for the 2018 season.

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts have tendered all four of their exclusive rights free agents for the 2018 season.

Cornerback Chris Milton, long snapper Luke Rhodes, tight end Erik Swoope and guard Jeremy Vujnovich each received tenders.

An exclusive rights free agent is a player with two or fewer accrued years of NFL experience whose contract is expiring. Their original team must tender the player by the league’s new year (at 4 p.m. ET today), or the player becomes a free agent. If tendered, however, the team has exclusive rights to that player for the upcoming season.

• Milton, 25, completed his second season with the Colts in 2017, playing in 14 games. He finished with four tackles on the season on defense, and added six special teams stops — good enough for second on the team. Milton also played in a team-leading 73.7 percent of the Colts’ special teams plays in 2017.

• Rhodes, 25, made the transition from linebacker to long snapper last offseason, and played in all 16 games for the Colts as their snapper in 2017, finishing with one special teams tackle. In all, Rhodes — a William & Mary product — logged 146 special teams snaps for Indy last season.

• Swoope, 25, missed the entire 2017 season as he recovered from a knee injury. The 6-foot-5, 258-pound tight end was coming off a 2016 season in which he played in all 16 games with four starts and logged 15 receptions for 297 yards and one touchdown.

• Vujnovich, 27, started all 16 games last season for the Colts at left guard. He was one of two Colts players, alongside left tackle Anthony Castonzo, to play in 100 percent of the team’s offensive snaps in 2017.
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