Colts Re-sign Veteran Offensive Lineman Dan Federkeil
INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts have made a move to maintain their versatility and depth on the offensive line.
The move: retaining veteran Dan Federkeil.
Federkeil, who has played both tackle and guard in three seasons with the Colts after signing as a rookie free agent from the University of Calgary, has re-signed with the team, the club announced Tuesday.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Federkeil (6-feet-6, 290 pounds), who has appeared in 22 games in three seasons, has started three NFL games, with all three starts coming in the first three games of this past season while the Colts juggled the line because of injuries to center Jeff Saturday and guard Ryan Lilja.
He also played right tackle and on special teams this past season.
Federkeil, who also played in eight games as a special teams player in 2007 and two games as a special teams player as a rookie in 2006, has been a solid, reliable backup in three NFL seasons.
The Colts now have 11 linemen on the roster, including nine who have started in the NFL.
Nine-year veteran Ryan Diem started 16 games at right tackle last season, with three-time Pro Bowl center Jeff Saturday starting 12 games. Four-year veteran Charlie Johnson started 12 games at left guard and four at left tackle, while third-year veteran Tony Ugoh started 12 games at left tackle. Mike Pollak started 13 games at right guard as a rookie last season, with Federkeil starting the other three.
Other Colts linemen with starting experience: second-year center/guard Jamey Richard (four starts at center last season, three at guard), second-year guard/center Steve Justice (one start at guard) and six-year veteran guard Ryan Lilja, a starter from 2004-2008 who missed last season with a knee injury.
Third-year veteran tackles Corey Hilliard and Michael Toudouze also have been active for the Colts in recent seasons, with Toudouze playing extensively in a loss in San Diego in 2007.
Federkeil was one of four exclusive rights free agents offered tenders by the Colts along with running back Lance Ball, linebacker Buster Davis and defensive tackle Daniel Muir.
Muir re-signed with the Colts on March 4.