INDIANAPOLIS — The 2017 Indianapolis Colts will see yet another change on the defensive side of the ball.
Defensive lineman Zach Kerr, whom the Colts did not tender as a restricted free agent this offseason, has reached a two-year agreement to play for the Denver Broncos, according to Denver 9News' Mike Klis.
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The Broncos are yet to formally announce the deal as of late Saturday afternoon.
Kerr became quite the find for the Colts upon signing as an undrafted free agent in 2014. In his three seasons in Indianapolis, he would be one of the more consistently productive members of the team's defensive line, playing in 36 total games and collecting 64 total tackles, 5.5 sacks and two passes defensed.
Last season, the 6-foot-2, 334-pound Delaware product played in 12 games and had 19 tackles with 2.5 sacks.
Kerr is one of many members from the 2016 Colts team that first-year general manager Chris Ballard has allowed to hit the open market upon the 4 p.m. (ET) Thursday start of free agency, and he's one of three restricted free agents (offensive lineman Jonotthan Harrison and inside linebacker Josh McNary the others) who were not tendered to return to the team in 2017.
If the Colts decide against re-signing most, or all, of their free agents, they will have a significantly different look, especially on defense, moving forward.
Veteran safety Mike Adams has already signed a reported two-year deal with the Carolina Panthers, while defensive back Darius Butler, outside linebackers Erik Walden, Trent Cole and Chris Carter, as well as McNary, are all currently fielding offers from other teams. That's on top of the retirement of pass rush legend Robert Mathis.
Ballard has already started the process of refreshing the team's defense, however, as the team on Friday announced the signing of two veteran outside linebackers: Jabaal Sheard (link) and John Simon (link). More defensive additions could be announced soon.
And, after trading tight end Dwayne Allen to the New England Patriots on Thursday, the Colts also have seven picks in April's 2017 NFL Draft to utilize, each of which will be in the first five rounds.
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