The Indianapolis Colts had to make room for their 2017 Draft haul and 20 undrafted free agents.
That meant cuts were coming. So when the Colts announced 10 players they were releasing earlier this morning it was not a surprise. But one cut was. That would be Matt Overton.
Shocked the Colts released Pro Bowl LS Matt Overton.
When was the last time they worried about a snap? New partners coming for Vinny…
— Scott Agness (@ScottAgness) May 1, 2017
Overton has spent the last five seasons here in Indianapolis as the team’s long snapper. He also was a special teams member for the Pro Bowl in 2013. He helped invent the Colts 4th down army with Pat McAfee and Adam Vinatieri.
More importantly, Overton was a vibrant member of the community. He continually did charity work in and around Indianapolis. Because of that he quickly became a fan favorite.
And while Chris Ballard wants to get younger, Overton was on the wrong side of 30.
But again, this move was not as surprising as to some. The Colts signed Thomas Hennessey as an undrafted free agent yesterday. And Overton struggled at times with his snapping last season.
Either way, the entire Colts fan base will miss Overton. Not just for his on the field play, but for all he did for the community.