Derrick Kindred Jersey

The Indianapolis Colts have finally brought in a safety this off-season. They added Derrick Kindred which may not be the splashiest addition of the off-season, but is a solid ad overall. The Colts claimed the former Browns’ draft pick today and inherited what is left of his original rookie deal with the team. He was recently released by the team after they traded for safety Eric Murray from the Chiefs.

In today’s film room we will look what he brings to this Colts team. He struggled a bit in 2018 compared to previous seasons so we will also cover the areas that give me drawbacks in regards to this waiver claim.

Derrick Kindred was claimed off of waivers by the Colts yesterday. The safety spent his first three years in the NFL with the Browns after being a fourth round pick in 2016. He played in a total of 42 games while he was in Cleveland. What can he do for his new team?

Kindred played in a lot of games for being a fourth round pick. He even started 10 games back in 2017. He is a capable defender on the backend that can play decent coverage. Don’t expect him to help in the run game much though, as he only has 10 tackles for loss in his career.

The Colts picked up Kindred to give them some depth at the safety position. Both of their safeties are injury prone, so they need some insurance in case something happens. Kindred mostly plays strong safety though, so he would likely help spell Clayton Geathers.

Kindred has shown some potential in Cleveland. Based on the tape I’ve seen, he has decent ball skills and uses his hands well. He has 12 passes defended in his young career. Unfortunately, he doesn’t intercept the ball often, as he only has 2 of those in his career.

Kindred could be a useful player on third down packages or obvious passing situations. He gives the Colts another guy who can cover and run the field well. I wouldn’t expect too many big plays from him, but he is a serviceable backup who can give the Colts good minutes if needed.

The Indianapolis Colts announced Tuesday that they claimed safety Derrick Kindred off waivers from the Cleveland Browns.

Cleveland’s decision to release Kindred was a bit of a surprise. He was tentatively penciled in as the starter at strong safety following the team’s decision to trade Jabrill Peppers in a deal that brought wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to northeast Ohio. Kindred, who was a fourth round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, said his goodbye to the fanbase.

“I would like to give a huge thank you to the entire Browns organization for giving me the opportunity to start my career, playing the game that I love!

General Manager John Dorsey had explored a trade for the safety according a report from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. He is expected to receive ‘considerable’ interest on waivers. Kindred has a cap hit of $2,149,839 this season. His dead cap space is $124,839. The decision to part with him will save $2.025 million.

General Manager John Dorsey had explored a trade for the safety according a report from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. He is expected to receive ‘considerable’ interest on waivers. Kindred has a cap hit of $2,149,839 this season. His dead cap space is $124,839. The decision to part with him will save $2.025 million.

“I think Derrick Kindred, I really thought ’17 he played really well as a football player. In ’18, he didn’t play as good as he played on a ’17 level, but he played good enough to contribute. And right now I’m excited to see him when he gets back here in OTAs.”

The Colts still have the most salary cap space in the NFL ($61,213,486) according to the daily generated NFL Player’s Association report. Last season, the team started Clayton Geathers and Malik Hooker at the safety positions. Kindred will factor in immediately at the strong safety spot occupied by Geathers.

The Browns took 14 players in the 2016 NFL Draft with Baylor wide receiver Corey Coleman going first at No. 15 overall. Following the decision to release wide receiver Ricardo Louis, Kindred and trade defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah, the Browns are left with just three players from that draft class: inside linebacker Joe Schobert, wide receiver Rashard Higgins and tight end Seth DeValve. The teams first five selections are gone. The three players remaining were taken in the fourth round or later.

All 14 of those players made the initial roster under then Executive Vice President of Player Personnel Sashi Brown. Dorsey has been weeding them out one by one.

General Manager John Dorsey had explored a trade for the safety according to the report. He is expected to receive ‘considerable’ interest on waivers. Kindred has a cap hit of $2,149,839 this season. His dead cap space is $124,839. The decision to part with him will save $2.025 million.

The decision was a bit unexpected considering Kindred was slated to start at strong safety in the absence of Jabrill Peppers, who was traded to the New York Giants as part of the deal for wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

Kindred was a fourth round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. In his three seasons, he missed six games. The TCU product has accumulated 148 tackles, two interceptions, a forced fumble and 12 pass deflections. Last season, he recorded 45 tackles, a forced fumble, an interception and a pass deflection.

Dorsey was asked specifically about the safety at the annual league owner’s meeting.

“I think Derrick Kindred, I really thought ’17 he played really well as a football player. In ’18, he didn’t play as good as he played on a ’17 level, but he played good enough to contribute. And right now I’m excited to see him when he gets back here in OTAs.”

Dorsey was also asked about filling the safety vacancy.

“We are going to have some players and we have some players on our roster that can help us. The work is never done so you will try to explore every opportunity and every avenue you can, but then all of a sudden, you have competition in OTAs and training camp. That is where all of that stuff begins to unfold,” Dorsey said.

TJ Carrie’s name was mentioned as a player who could potentially add depth to the position.

“We have guys on this team who have started at that position. I think what you’re trying to do is you’re trying to add competition. (T.J. Carrie has) a flexibility of (making a switch to safety). There’s a couple of other guys on that roster, too, who have flexibility to go from corner to safety as well.”

Cleveland has expressed interest in signing Tre Boston and Eric Berry. They are also reportedly interested in strong safety Morgan Burnett should the Pittsburgh Steelers choose to release him. The Browns had $35,086,422 in salary cap space entering Monday according to the NFL Player’s Association daily generated report.