The big free agent frenzy is still a few hours away, and the Colts have continued to take care of a few in-house contracts during the calm before the storm. Monday night, they re-signed defensive tackle (aka 3-4 Right Defensive End) Fili Moala. Reportedly to a one-year deal. Again.
After signing his one-year extension last year, Moala finished with a + 0.5 overall grade from Pro Football Focus in 513 defensive snaps over 16 games. An average overall score isn’t bad for a rotational defensive lineman, and Moala was a valuable backup to Ricky Jean Francois, notching 2 sacks (1.5 officially), 3 QB hits, and 21 QB hurries, with 10 of his tackles constituting defensive stops according to Pro Football Focus (subscription required).
More from the Colts’ press release:
Moala tied a career-high with 26 tackles (13 solo) in 2013, while also recording 1.5 sacks, one pass defensed and one fumble recovery in 16 games played (six starts). In 2011, Moala started all 14 games he played in and registered 22 tackles (13 solo) and a career-high 2.0 sacks. For his career, he has competed in 64 games (45 starts) and has totaled 112 tackles (67 solo), 3.5 sacks, three passes defensed and two fumble recoveries. He has also started one postseason game and contributed with two solo tackles. Moala was originally selected by the Colts in the second round (56th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft out of USC.
Moala’s cap hit in 2013 was a manageable $1.25 million and likely will be similar this year (speculation alert). That’s a good value for a solid backup with “average” numbers. (Click here for the surprisingly good Fili Moala Sounds of the Game episode from Colts.com)
In other news, beginning at 4:00 p.m. EDT, the Colts and the rest of the NFL can begin signing outside free agents. Rumors will fly, but so will actual news. And we’ll keep you up to date right here at Colts Authority and on twitter (@ColtsAuthority) as Ryan Grigson and his staff navigate the 2014 free agency period.