Colts Sign Former Panthers Defensive End Tyler Brayton

Two things have happened since the Colts game in Saint Louis on Saturday. First, it is relatively clear to Colts fans and probably the front office that Jerry Hughes is still not where the team would like him to be. Second, Jamaal Anderson pulled a groin and may have to miss some time. These things along with the release of quarterback Nate Davis seem to have culminated in the signing of former Panthers and Raiders defensive end Tyler Brayton.

Not unlike many of Indy’s free agent signings this off-season, Brayton is a former First Round draft pick from the 2003 NFL Draft. The 6-foot 6-inch and 280 pound Brayton has had five productive years out of his eight in the league. In those years he has produced 233 tackles, 14.5 sacks, 12 passes defended, and an interception. Brayton is regarded as an average run defender and has shown the ability to still generate pressure on opposing quarterbacks but he also has a history of some on-field behavior that will not sit well with fans in Indianapolis.

In 2006, Brayton kneed Seahawks tight end Jerramy Stevens in the groin. The only “good news” is that he was doing so in retaliation. In 2010, Brayton elbowed Falcons cornerback Christopher Owens in the head as he ran down the field with the punt coverage unit.

If Brayton can keep from committing fine-worthy acts on the football field, he could compete for a roster spot. If not, it is unlikely his stay in Indianapolis will be for very long.