The Colts recently set up a meeting with retired linebacker Zachary Orr, who is attempting to make an NFL comeback. A spine condition forced Orr to retire at the young age of 25.
An undrafted rookie out of North Texas, the former Raven had an astounding 2016 campaign, recording three interceptions along 133 combined tackles, which was tied for eighth in the NFL, and earned him an all-pro nod. Orr’s retirement was a detrimental blow to the Ravens defense, and could be a huge boost to someone else’s if signed.
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Orr has met with the Colts, but the organization is not comfortable with his health. Orr is incredibly talented, but that talent is wasted if he is not on the field. Orr told NFL Network that he is “ready to go”, but the Colts clearly do not see it the same way.
With all of this being said, should the Colts sign Zach Orr? The Colts absolutely should sign Orr.
With all of the uncertainties surrounding Orr, he would undoubtedly be asking for a cheap contract. The Colts had an awful tackle efficiency in 2016, missing 89 tackles on 978 plays, which was a major part in the Colts 30th ranked defense in 2016. A surefire tackler like Orr would help fix this problem.
The Colts’ linebacking core does not have a leader, or an established star. There are players who are very good and have the potential to turn into Pro Bowlers, such as John Simon, Jabaal Sheard, Sean Spence, and Anthony Walker. Orr would be able to be the leader of the entire defense from day one. Orr also fits in with the youth movement.
The signing of Orr would be a low risk, high reward move that could pay off big time in the future. If he does not indeed return to the strength that he once displayed, the low contract that he would most likely be offered would not be a big hit in the Colts’ cap space.