INDIANAPOLIS —Barkevious Mingo is evidently heading west.
The Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson is reporting that Mingo, the former Indianapolis Colts outside linebacker who became an unrestricted free agent this afternoon at the start of the new league year, will be signing with the Seattle Seahawks.
Mingo is signing a two-year, $6.8 million deal with Seattle, Wilson reports.
Signed to a one-year "prove-it" type of deal last offseason, Mingo turned out to be quite the stat sheet stuffer for the Colts. Not only did he establish a career high in tackles (44), but he got after the quarterback and forced (three) — and recovered (two) — more fumbles than any other player on the Colts' defense.
But when starter John Simon went down with a stinger injury Week 7 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, forcing him to miss three games, and then re-aggravated the same injury Week 13, also against the Jaguars, it was Mingo's ability to step in and produce that really stood out.
In all, Mingo added two sacks and seven quarterback hits for the Colts in 2017, while also finishing tied for third on the team with five special teams tackles, and recovering a muffed punt return Week 8 against the Cincinnati Bengals.
It was a resurgence of sorts for Mingo, who was the sixth-overall pick by the Cleveland Browns in the 2013 NFL Draft, but just hadn't been able to live up to those lofty expectations.
Mingo is the second of 13 Colts players set to become unrestricted free agents this offseason who have reportedly agreed to terms with another team; wide receiver Donte Moncrief is headed to the Jacksonville Jaguars, the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.
With the Colts changing to the 4-3 base defense under new defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus in 2018, the pass rusher position will change schematically to defensive ends with typically larger builds.
Simon and Jabaal Sheard, as well as 2017 third-round pick Tarell Basham, are set to return to Indy as potential defensive ends in the 4-3.
The team also has signed two young outside linebackers, Arthur Miley and Josh Perry, to Reserve/Future deals, ensuring spots for the offseason.
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