As the news surrounding Jim Irsay's situation continues to develop (he checked himself into rehab today) the business of football continues at the Colts complex.
Indianapolis signed free agent kicker Carson Wiggs today and waived guard Zach Allen.
Wiggs, a former Purdue standout is still trying to break into pro football after a brief stint with the Seahawks, and it's not uncommon for the Colts to bring in a young kicker for training camp and the preseason.
From the Colts' press release:
Wiggs, 6-1, 222 pounds, finished his collegiate career (2008-2011) as the most accurate kicker in Purdue history, connecting on 53-of-72 career field goals (73.6%). His 53 made field goals rank as the second-most in school history. As a senior in 2011, Wiggs earned All-Big Ten second-team honors after making 16-of-21 field goals and recording 23 touchbacks on 66 kickoffs. Wiggs was originally signed by the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent on April 28, 2012 but was waived prior to the start of the regular season.
Allen was originally signed to the Colts practice squad on December 16, 2013 before being signed to a Reserve/Future contract on January 13, 2014. In four seasons at North Carolina State (2009-2012), Allen competed in 42 career games, making 31 starts on the offensive line.
While Wiggs has little hope of making the regular season roster outside of a catastrophe for Adam Vinatieri (and probably punter Pat McAfee, who can kick field goals as well), adding some preseason field goals to his resume while learning under a future Hall of Famer should benefit him as well as take some of the Late summer workload load off of Vinatieri.