Colts Sign Former Panthers’ DE Tyler Brayton

According to breaking news by Mike Chappell, the Colts signed defensive end Tyler Brayton to a one year deal.

The rumor was first hinted at by Jim Irsay on Twitter, and then grew legs as Mike Chappell officially announced it. Brayton was the 32nd overall pick by the Oakland Raiders in 2003, and a player that the Colts showed interest in after leaving the Raiders in 2008. However, Brayton signed with Carolina, and has been there ever since, starting 45 games for them.

Brayton has never been much of a pass rusher, topping at five sacks in 2009. He was in PFF's bottom ten pass rushers for 2011, a list that included Colts' Eric Foster and Keyunta Dawson. Brayton seems to be similar to newly signed Jamaal Anderson, a sign that Anderson's groin injury may keep him from making the final roster.

[UPDATE] Anderson was seen at practice Tuesday morning, although it was still just a walkthrough. Even so, I highly doubt Brayton, Anderson, and Foster all make the roster. Speaking of Anderson, Brayton adds to the Colts growing list of former first rounder free agent signings, which now includes Brayton, Anderson, LB Ernie Sims, and DT Tommie Harris. Brayton has a high motor, and plays hard, but doesn't have the skills to be an above average DE. He'll be a rotation guy (mostly run downs), and play some special teams, if he makes the final roster.

Kyle J. Rodriguez

About Kyle J. Rodriguez

A film and numbers guru, Kyle writes about the NFL and the Indianapolis Colts for Bleacher Report, Draft Mecca and The Football Educator, and is a co-founder and associate editor of Colts Authority. Kyle also is a high school sports reporter for the MLive Media Group in Michigan, covering high school sports across the state.