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The Indianapolis Colts and free-agent offensive lineman Jack Mewhort have reportedly agreed to a one-year, $1.5 million contract that carries another $1.5 million in incentives, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network on Wednesday.
The Colts selected Mewhort in the second round of the 2014 draft out of Ohio State, and he was instantly plugged in as part of the protection package for quarterback Andrew Luck.
According to Pro Football Reference, as a rookie Mewhort played the third-most offensive snaps of any Colts player as he toggled between left guard and right tackle.
Mewhort followed up by playing every single snap in 2015, but his last two seasons ended early after he was placed on season-ending injured reserve with a pair of knee injuries. All told, Mewhort appeared in 15 games combined during the 2016 and 2017 campaigns.
“He’s been battling for a long time with these things,” former Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said in October, according to the team’s official website. “I mean, I think, to this point, two procedures on both knees … it’s a tough deal. And I hate it—I hate it for Jack. And his teammates hate it, because they’ve got a great respect for him, just like I do and the rest of the staff.”
That history is concerning, but Mewhort can be a game-changing piece when he’s operating at 100 percent.
In need of all the continuity they can get up front, the Colts should be thrilled with Mewhort’s return and hope he can elevate an offensive line that allowed a league-high 56 sacks last season.