Indianapolis Colts sign DE Kendall Langford

Kendall Langford was cut by the Rams earlier this off-season, but it wasn’t because he played badly last season. They cut him because his 6 million dollar salary was too much to pay for a 3rd defensive tackle and they could save that entire amount on the cap by letting him go. Langford graded out about average last season, but only saw 494 snaps as he was stuck behind recent 1st round picks Aaron Donald and Michael Brockers.

The Colts get him at less than 6 million annually on this 4-year, 17.2 million dollar deal with just 2.5 million guaranteed, which is a solid value. He’s still a starting caliber player, only going into his age 29 season, and he’ll fill a position of need for the Colts as a 3-4 defensive end. I like Langford in a 3-4 more than a 4-3 anyway. He had some success in St. Louis’ 4-3, but graded out below average twice in three seasons. In a 3-4 to start his career in Miami, he graded out above average in 2 of 4 seasons, including 7th at his position in 2009 and then 7th again in 2010. This is a solid move.

Grade: B

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