Colts sign five on first day of NFL free agency
Some new names are joining the Indianapolis Colts Tuesday afternoon.
The Colts announced agreements in principle with offensive tackle Gosder Cherilus, defensive back Greg Toler, linebacker Erik Walden, offensive guard Donald Thomas and linebacker Lawrence Sidbury.
Cherilus has started 71 of 75 career games in five years with the Detroit Lions. He was Detroit's first-round draft pick in 2008 and played every snap except one last season at right tackle for the Lions.
Toler has played 38 games in three seasons with Arizona. He has five interceptions during that time, including two last year with a touchdown.
Walden has played 68 games over five years with Miami, Kansas City and Green Bay. He has played the past two-plus seasons with the Packers, where he had two interceptions.
Thomas has started 21 of 43 games he's played in over five seasons with Miami, Detroit and New England.
Sidbury has played in 48 games over four seasons in Atlanta. He recorded four sacks two years ago as a defensive end.
"Chuck and I have a vision and we want players who love the game, play snap-to-whistle and do all of the little things to achieve greatness," said General Manager Ryan Grigson. "Those traits are prevalent in all of the players we signed today. They love the game and play at a high level. They are team players and their focus is to dominate the person across from them every snap. That showed in the film and we agreed as a staff that these guys fit the mold of what we are trying to accomplish here. At the end of the day, we wanted players who would mesh well with our current roster and with one another. We feel these guys undoubtedly fit that style."
The Colts went into free agency roughly $40 million under the salary cap looking first to firm up an offensive line that allowed Andrew Luck to be sacked 41 times and get hit dozens more.