Indianapolis Colts sign OLB Erik Walden

It’s not often I hate a contract that isn’t worth a ton of money, but I hate this 16 million dollar deal the Colts gave to Erik Walden, over 4 years. They apparently view Walden as a cost effective option at rush linebacker opposite Robert Mathis, but he’s not a starting caliber player at all. Pressed into action due to injuries in each of the last two years in Green Bay, Walden ended up grading out as ProFootballFocus’ worst rated 3-4 outside linebacker by a wide margin in each of the two seasons, despite never being a full-time starter. The Colts have got to be kidding themselves if they think he can start for this team next year. They would have been much better off drafting someone at pick #24. It won’t surprise me at all if Walden struggles and gets benched for Jerry Hughes mid-season.

Grade: F




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