(Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
While big names such as Phil Loadholt and Andy Levitre signed with other teams the Colts quietly picked up a quality offensive lineman in former Detroit Lions right tackle Gosder Cherilus, according to ESPN. At 6-7, 325 pounds, Cherilus is a mauler, a strong, physical tackle known for blocking with a bit of a mean streak. Indy wanted to get bigger and stronger up front, and it looks like they are well on their way.
Drafted 17th overall in 2008, Cherilus has started 71 NFL games for the Lions. If he remains at right tackle, the Colts will have an offensive line book-ended by Boston College graduates, though he and Costanzo did not play there at the same time. (Correction- 3/16/13: Cherilus and Costanzo were teammates during Costanzo's freshman year)
Cherilus should fit in well with the Colts' team culture in that he is heavily involved in charity and community events. According to Wikipedia, his foundation is active in Haiti, where he was born, and he is active around the city of Detroit, holding football camps and working with the homeless population there. Cherilus has also raised funds for children with disabilities in the Boston area. Anyone who lives in or near Indianapolis knows how active the Colts players are in the community, and their newest addition should mesh very well with that philosophy.
At the time this was published, the terms of the deal were not yet available. Keep stopping by Colts Authority this week for a more in-depth look at each of the team's major signings.
In the meantime, here are some quick links to learn more about our newest Colt:
ESPN's Paul Kuharsky: Colts get more physical up front with Cherilus
Cherilus's Wikipedia page
Cherilus's NFL Draft profile from 2008