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Colts Dip Back Into CFL Pipeline, Agree To Terms With OG-Ben Heenan

Intro: The Canadian Football League has produced another Colts player. Offensive guard Ben Heenan agreed to terms with the team on Tuesday.





INDIANAPOLIS – From his early days as Colts General Manager, Ryan Grigson made it clear that different avenues would be taken to complete a 90-man roster.

The Canadian Football League, where Grigson began his scouting days in 1998, was a frequent pipeline dating back to his first weeks on the job.

That area has been drilled again here early, and often, in 2015.

After CFL wide receiver Duron Carter joined the Colts on Monday, former CFL No. 1 pick Ben Heenan agreed to terms with the Colts on Tuesday.

"His size and athleticism intrigued us on the film and it was then verified in his workout here at our facility," Grigson said of the 6-4, 316-pound Heenan.

"What impressed me personally at the workout was his endurance and the ability to move his feet in pass pro and maintain a good football position for the duration. He's a big guy with excellent intangibles, which is usually a good recipe for an interior offensive lineman. We look forward to gauging his development throughout the offseason program."

It sounds as if Heenan's first shot at this level will come at guard, but his position flexibility will be tested.

Heenan has played some tackle with the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Grigson said the Colts could try the 24-year old Canadian (turns 25 on Thursday) at center during the team's offseason program.

Roughriders GM Brendan Taman knew that losing Heenan to the NFL was a real possibility.

Had Heenan stayed in the CFL, there's little doubt he would have garnered a significant pay day after being a professional starter for three years despite being just 24 years old.

"Benny is a great kid and he's a great player," Taman said on Tuesday morning.

"For the most part, I conceded that he was probably going to get a chance (in the NFL) when I heard all the offers he was going to get."

The Colts offensive line saw a bunch of shuffling at the center, right guard and right tackle spots in 2014. Joe Reitz is the lone unrestricted free agent heading into the offseason.

Heenan joins the likes of Jerrell Freeman, Muamba and Carter as former Canadian Football League players currently on the Colts roster.

The international flavor continues with Heenan. He hails from Canada and joins the likes of Muamba (Congo), Daniel Adongo (Kenya) and Bjoern Werner (Germany) in Indianapolis.

Check back with on Wednesday to hear from Heenan and why he chose the Colts.

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