Announcement: Colts Agree $7.7 Million Deal To Sign Free Agent Pro Bowl Safety Who Would Form A Duo With Fellow Safety Julian Blackmon

Announcement: Colts Agree $7.7 Million Deal To Sign Free Agent Pro Bowl Safety Who Would Form A Duo With Fellow Safety Julian Blackmon

To clear salary cap space, the Seattle Seahawks released Diggs back in March.

This offseason, the Colts focused on re-signing free agents. The team retained guys like Michael Pittman Jr., Kenny Moore, and Grover Stewart. They also handed extensions to DeForest Buckner and Zaire Frankin. Besides Joe Flacco and Raekwon Davis, Indianapolis didn’t make many additions when it came to players outside the organization.

Three-Time Pro Bowler Would Be a Good Fit for the Indianapolis Colts

Quandre Diggs’ Career

Quandre Diggs played four seasons of college ball with the Texas Longhorns. He won Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year and was named to the Second-team All-Big 12 twice.

The Detroit Lions selected Diggs in the sixth round (200th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft. He would play cornerback during his first two years before switching to safety. The Texas native stayed in Detroit until he was traded to the Seattle Seahawks in 2019.

Diggs played five seasons in Seattle. During that span, he made the Pro Bowl three times: 2020, 2021, and 2022. He was voted a team captain in 2022 and 2023. Diggs recorded 18 interceptions and 32 pass deflections while starting 72 games as a Seahawk.

Safety was one of the Colts’ top priorities entering this year’s draft. The team drafted two designated safeties: Jaylon Carlies from Missouri and Jaylin Simpson from Auburn. However, they will both relocate to different roles. Carlies shifts to linebacker, while Simpson moves to cornerback. This indicates the Colts did not address safety during the draft.

Julian Blackmon, the Colts’ finest safety, was re-signed earlier this offseason. In 2023, he recorded a career-high 88 tackles with four interceptions.

Blackmon will start at strong safety, but the free safety spot is up for grabs. Nick Cross hasn’t shown enough yet to be a starter. Plus, Daniel Scott is out for the season with a torn Achilles.

With that said, signing Quandre Diggs would be the right move. At 31 years old, he might be considered past his prime. Yet, he is just one year removed from three straight Pro Bowl selections.

Diggs is a veteran who can mentor Indy’s younger safeties. He has intercepted 24 passes and produced 56 passes defended during his career. He could certainly teach the young guys what it takes to be a successful defensive back.

Diggs could team with Blackmon to form a terrific safety duo in Indy. While they wouldn’t necessarily be an elite combo, they would make the Colts’ secondary better than it was last year. A season ago, the secondary got shredded by their opponents consistently. Again, a Quandre Diggs signing is the way to go.

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