Roster moves continue on a busy day at the office for the Indianapolis Colts front office. The team issued an exclusive rights tender to OLB Cam Johnson, acquired in a trade last season and gave qualifying offers to reserve cornerback Josh Gordy and offensive lineman Joe Reitz.
Johnson and Gordy were contributors on special teams and saw some occasional time with the defense, while Joe Reitz, a holdover from the previous regime, has been a starter at times during his tenure with the Colts.
From the Colts’ press release:
Johnson was acquired by the Colts in a trade with the San Francisco 49ers on September 2, 2013. Last season, he saw action in 12 games and totaled two tackles and six special teams stops. He also contributed with three special teams tackles in two postseason games. In 2012, Johnson spent the first 14 games of the season on the 49ers practice squad before competing in the team’s final two regular season games.
Gordy appeared in 12 games in 2013 and registered nine tackles (eight solo), three passes defensed, one interception and four special teams stops. He also competed in both postseason games and totaled eight tackles (seven solo) and one pass defensed. Gordy’s interception came in Week 4 at Jacksonville where he was part of a defense that limited the Jaguars to 165 net passing yards.
For his career, Gordy has tallied 77 tackles (56 solo), eight passes defensed, four interceptions, 1.0 sack, one fumble recovery and nine special teams tackles in 43 games played (10 starts). In three postseason games, he has notched eight tackles, one pass defensed and one special teams stop.
Reitz saw action in 14 games, making three starts in 2013. He helped pave the way for the Colts to rush for 1,743 yards, their highest single-season total since 2006. Reitz also blocked for quarterback Andrew Luck to throw for 3,822 passing yards, bringing his career total to 8,196, which is the most by a quarterback in his first two seasons.
Reitz was originally claimed by the Colts off waivers from the Miami Dolphins on September 8, 2010. For his career, he has appeared in 34 games and has made 20 starts.
All three players should have a strong chance of making the 2014 team if they continue to build on their previous bodies of work.
Joe Reitz, a Fishers (Indiana) High School graduate who grew up a Colts fan, is a solid, serviceable blocker who knows the system and can play both guard and tackle.
Gordy is a very good special teamer, and while it’s difficult to measure the contributions of a special teams player, it’s easy to see number 27 in the frame when good things are happening with the coverage units.
Johnson is a pass rusher with some notable potential. Projected to be a third round draft pick in 2012, Johnson fell all the way to the seventh due to concerns over the presence of sickle cell trait.
This is not the same as having sickle cell disease or anemia, but he does have some abnormal hemoglobin. Should Johnson remain symptom-free, he could develop into a steal and a solid depth player.
We'll keep you up to date as the Colts continue to make roster moves, whether for depth or a big splash in free agency.