Colts sign free agents Jonathon Sharpe, Phillip Tanner
The Indianapolis Colts have signed two free agents: linebacker Jonathon Sharpe and running back Phillip Tanner.
Sharpe, 6-0, 235 pounds, attended the 2014 Super Regional Combine at Ford Field in Detroit. Collegiately, he started two years for North Greenville University, where he totaled 132 tackles, including 23.5 for a loss, 5.5 sacks and three interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown. As a senior in 2012, Sharpe started all 10 games he played in and ranked fifth on the team with 53 tackles (30 solo), to go along with 12 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack, two interceptions and one forced fumble. Prior to joining NGU, he played at Wofford College.
Tanner, 5-10, 208 pounds, spent the last three seasons with the Dallas Cowboys (2011-13), where he recorded 56 carries for 149 yards and two touchdowns, as well as nine receptions for 93 yards. He also made 21 special teams tackles. In 2013, he tied a career-high with nine special teams stops, while adding nine rushing attempts for 12 yards and a touchdown. Tanner was originally signed by the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent on July 28, 2011. He finished his collegiate career at Middle Tennessee State University with 430 carries for 2,024 yards (4.7 avg.) and 33 touchdowns.