Colts claim Texans defensive tackle Andrew Brown off waivers
INDIANAPOLIS — The Colts quietly picked up a defensive tackle on the waiver wire Wednesday in the middle of the NFL’s annual free agent frenzy at the start of the new league year.
Indianapolis claimed defensive tackle Andrew Brown off of waivers from the Houston Texans, according to the NFL’s official transactions wire.
Brown, a former fifth-round pick out of Virginia who is still only 25, has played sparingly in three NFL seasons: two with the Cincinnati Bengals and one with the Texans. Brown, who is listed at 6-3, 290 pounds, has 16 tackles and one sack over the course of 21 NFL games.
The Colts are always on the hunt for a player who might be able to surprise on the waiver wire, although Brown faces a loaded position at defensive tackle, led by starters DeForest Buckner and Grover Stewart and down through backup nose tackle Taylor Stallworth, 2020 sixth-round pick Rob Windsor and Tyquan Lewis, who plays defensive end on early downs and often shifts inside on passing downs.
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While the Colts have largely sat out the initial wave of free agency this week, Indianapolis has aggressively and obsessively pursued young players like Brown, signing 24 players to reserve/future contracts. With the trade for Carson Wentz official now and Brown joining the roster, the Colts already have 68 players under contract for the 2021 season, more than any other team in the NFL, and that total doesn’t include restricted free agents Zach Pascal, Mo Alie-Cox and George Odum, who will be in Indianapolis as long as they don’t get an offer elsewhere.