INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Colts today claimed tight end Andre Smith off waivers from the Chicago Bears and waived cornerback Mike Holmes.
Smith, 6-5, 267 pounds, was originally signed by the Bears as an undrafted free agent on July 26, 2011. He spent the first eight weeks of the season on Chicago's practice squad and was then elevated to the 53-man roster where he was inactive for the remaining eight games of the year.
Smith attended Virginia Tech (2007-10) and competed in 54 games (25 starts). He finished his collegiate career with 39 catches for 438 yards (11.2 avg.) and seven touchdowns. His five scores in 2010 were the most by a Virginia Tech tight end since 2005.
Holmes was signed to the Colts practice squad on October 12, 2011 and was elevated to the 53-man roster on December 6, 2011. He was inactive for the final four games of the season.