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The Colts made a trade today and announced that restricted free agent offensive lineman Jeff Linkenbach has signed his one-year qualifying offer. In the trade, Indianapolis sent reserve defensive end Clifton Geathers to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for former USC fullback Stanley Havili (6-0, 245, 25 yrs. old).
At Southern California, Havili was relatively productive for a fullback, compiling 1290 receiving yards, 509 rushing yards, and 15 touchdowns, an average of about 35 yards from scrimmage per game (52 games, 48 starts). Last year, with the Eagles, Havili managed 6 rushes for 22 yards and a touchdown, 7 receptions for 43 yards, and 7 tackles (He played special teams, but the Eagles did turn the ball over quite a bit, too). His most important contribution in the 15 games he played was helping pave the way for Eagles running backs LeSean McCoy and Bryce Brown, who combined for 1404 rushing yards last year.
Havili is an athletic fullback who can snag passes out of the backfield and gain yards after the catch with a combination of surprising speed and the kind of nasty streak you’d expect from a fullback. Although we don’t know how much the team plans to us a lead blocker, Ryan Grigson sounded like a GM who had just gotten exactly what he wanted.
From the Colts’ media release:
“Stanley fills an immediate need for us at the fullback position and provides us with a solid option in our new offensive scheme,” said General Manager Ryan Grigson. “His speed, explosion, and hard-nosed playing style are his main strengths, but he also possesses sound blocking and receiving skills. Stanley had a very productive career at USC and gained valuable experience as a starting fullback and special teams contributor for Philadelphia last year. The Eagles in return are getting a young, very big, and strong player in Clif Geathers that can play every defensive line position to fill a need moving forward in their new scheme as well. We feel it’s a win-win.”
Jeff Linkenbach (6-6, 323, 25 yrs. old) was an undrafted free agent in 2010 out of the University of Cincinnati. He has started 28 games for the Colts, playing every position along the line in 48 total career games. Linkenbach is primarily a tackle, and his most likely role will be as an experienced backup behind LT Anthony Costanzo and RT Gosder Cherilus.
Linkenbach will join CB Cassius Vaughn, NT Martin Tevaseu, OG Joe Reitz, and CB Darius Butler as recently re-signed Colts players (Fili Moala is returning as well, but his was technically a contract extension).
Stick with us for more updates as we continue to monitor the drawn out Darrius Heyward-Bey situation and any other developments with the team as we move closer to the NFL Draft.
There aren’t many highlights for an NFL Lead Blocker, but here are some highlights from Stanley Havili’s senior season at USC:
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