Colts Free Agent Watch: Jack Mewhort
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INDIANAPOLIS – Hugh Thornton and Khaled Holmes didn’t see a second contract with the Colts.
Will Jack Mewhort join that duo in a few weeks?
Each of these guys were top-4 round draft picks of Ryan Grigson.
Mewhort, a second-round pick in 2014, is no lock to be brought back after battling injuries the last 2 years.
The Ohio State product has missed 17 games over the last 2 seasons, never recovering from a nagging injury this past year.
A possible switch to tackle didn't work out early in Mewhort’s career and he figures to be a guard as he seeks out another NFL contract.
Outside of journeyman center Mike Person, Mewhort is the only Colts’ offensive lineman hitting free agency in 2018.
The entire offensive line is unquestionably a position group that needs upgrading going into the offseason.
If the Colts did want to see a healthy Mewhort in action, a one-year deal, with incentives, could make sense.
But viewing Mewhort as a definite starter, and offering a starting-caliber contract, would be a mistake.
Mewhort has started all 45 games he has played in with the Colts.
Percent I’d Bring Mewhort Back: 40
-In my opinion, the Colts should be on the hunt for 2 starting offensive linemen this offseason. Looking at Mewhort as one of those two would be further delaying the issue in not upgrading the talent in the offensive trenches. Chris Ballard and his staff misevaluated the offensive line last season, deciding to sign the mediocre Brian Schwenke and draft project Zach Banner as the only main O-line additions in 2017. Neither made the 53-man roster. Such malpractice cannot happen again after the Colts (once again) struggled mightily in pass protection last season. Bringing Mewhort back on a one-year deal, where he is competing for a reserve spot on the line, is okay. But guaranteeing any sort of starting job to him after back-to-back injury riddled seasons is a blunder the Colts cannot afford with an opportunity to seriously improve the talent in front of whoever is under center.
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