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APR 19, 11:00a ET | Ross Jones
Rotowire: Apr 27 / 8:33a ET
News: Irving (knee) is targeting training camp for a potential return, Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star reports.
Impact: Irving continues to rehab from an ACL issue, and the Colts were the club willing to gamble on him with a three-year contract, despite the injury. If he can return to full health, there's a possibility he'll compete for playing time at inside linebacker, but he could also serve as a member of the Colts' special teams unit. Irving finished the 2014 campaign with 46 tackles (26 solo) and one sack over eight games with the Broncos.
Rotowire: Mar 20 / 9:20a ET
News: Irving (knee) signed a three-year, $9.25 million contract with the Colts on Friday, Kevin Bowen of Colts.com reports.
Impact: With D'Qwell Jackson under contract and Jerrell Freeman expected back this season, Irving doesn't project as a starter for the Colts. Assuming his health, Irving could, however, be the top backup at both inside linebacker spots, which would leave him one injury away from IDP relevance in deeper leagues. Irving recorded a career-high 46 tackles over just eight games in 2014, before a knee issue brought his season to an early end, further adding to Denver's injury woes at linebacker.
StatsLLC: Mar 20 / 12:00a ET
News: The Indianapolis Colts said Friday they have agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent linebacker Nate Irving.
Impact: Irving spent the past four seasons with the Denver Broncos, where he had 104 tackles, two sacks and 22 special teams stops in 54 regular season games, including 12 starts. In six playoff games, he added nine more tackles. Irving started the first eight games last season and posted a career-high 44 tackles along with a sack before being placed on injured reserve Nov. 13.