Kendall Langford was released by the Colts after a failed physical designation. After playing in the first 135 games of his career, Langford only played in seven games last season as he was dealing with a knee injury. This move saves the Colts around 4 million dollars in cap immediately. Chuck Pagano has been open about his happiness with the overall defensive line, and that he would not be afraid to cut some “good” players. Players such as Margus Hunt and Grover Stewart have stood out in OTA’s and training camp, and Henry Anderson has supposedly looked good and has been healthy.
Langford has been on the PUP list, and was questionable for week one. Langford will definitely be missed on the Colt defensive line is someone else cannot step up in the regular season. The 6’6″, 275 pound Langford had a solid first season in Indianapolis, recording seven sacks, 23 tackles, and three passes defended. The starting defensive line projects to be Al Woods, Henry Anderson, and Johnathan Hankins.
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The Colts’ pass rush being at least average is key to a postseason run this season, as Indianapolis has ranked in the bottom half in sacks over the last two seasons.
With the release of Langford, the Colts could explore acquiring star defensive end Sheldon Richardson of the Jets. Richardson has repeatedly been in trade rumors throughout the offseason, and after recently slandering former Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall, these rumors have resurfaced. Trading a 3rd or 4th round pick for Richardson makes quite a bit of sense, and should go a long way to improving the Colts defense. He would immediately be the best player on that side if the ball.
I would not get my hopes up though; trading for Richardson seems unlikely at this point.
Ben Pfeifer is the Managing Editor of the Colts, and a national writer. Want to continue the discussion? Contact Ben Pfeifer on Twitter @doctortruthboi and @cover32_IND.