Safety Dwight Lowery agrees to terms

Colts address defensive vacancy by adding eighth-year pro, who started career-best 15 games for Atlanta last season.

Dwight Lowery’s career year has earned him an opportunity to start at safety for the Indianapolis Colts.

The unrestricted free agent who played last season with the Atlanta Falcons agreed to terms with the Colts, the team announced Friday night.

Lowery brings seven years of NFL experience and could end up being paired with re-signed 12th-year pro Mike Adams on the back line of the Colts’ 3-4 defense.

A starter for a career-best 15 of 16 games last season in Atlanta, Lowery made 79 tackles, 60 of them solos, also career highs. The 5-11, 212-pound defender also had two interceptions, five passes defended, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

In 84 career games, which include three-year stints with the New York Jets (2008-10) and Jacksonville Jaguars (2011-13), Lowery has made 259 total tackles with 50 passes defended, 12 interceptions and seven forced fumbles. He’s also played in six playoff games with 15 tackles and three passes defended.

The Colts had a vacancy after LaRon Landry was waived in February and Sergio Brown became a free agent and signed with the Jaguars.

Second-year pro Dewey McDonald, who spent much of his rookie year playing special teams in a dozen games, will also compete for playing time.

Lowery was originally a fourth-round pick by the Jets in 2008. He had seven of his interceptions in three seasons with New York. In 2010, he returned two for touchdowns, his first career scores.

He played 25 college games at San Jose State after transferring from Cabrillo College. In two seasons with the Spartans, he had 92 tackles, 53 solo, 13 interceptions, 14 passes defended and three fumble recoveries. As a senior, he was named to the American Football Coaches Association All-America first team as well as All-Western Athletic Conference first team.

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