Just in time for training camp, the Indianapolis Colts announced Friday they have agreed to contract terms with their third-round draft selections, cornerback D'Joun Smith and defensive end Henry Anderson.
The duo were the last in the NFL to get their deals done. The Colts report for camp Saturday at Anderson University.
Why the process took longer with these two players was likely contract negotiations over signing bonuses because the CBA has a set structure for base salaries depending upon where a player is drafted.
Terms weren’t disclosed, but both players likely received three-year deals.
The Colts traded down before selecting Smith, from Florida Atlantic University, with the 65th overall selection. Anderson, who played at Stanford, was chosen later in the third round with the 93rd overall pick.
Both players are expected to compete for playing time as reserves. Smith enters his first camp behind cornerbacks Vontae Davis, Greg Toler and Darius Butler. Davis is the team’s highest-paid player and coming off his first Pro Bowl. Toler is entering a contract year. Butler, who plays nickel back, was re-signed in the offseason.
Smith, 5-11 and 193, played in 44 collegiate games, 34 of them starts, and made 120 tackles, 78 of them solos, with 29 passes defended and nine interceptions, two of those returned for touchdowns. He also averaged 23.3 yards on 47 kickoff returns.
Last season, he started all 11 games and had 53 tackles, 32 of them solos, with eight passes defended, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and one interception, which he returned for a touchdown.
Smith was a second-team Conference USA selection and named the team’s Defensive Player of the Year.
Anderson, 6-6 and 300, is initially slotted to back up defensive end Kendall Langford, who signed a four-year deal with the Colts as a free agent after three seasons with the St. Louis Rams and four years with the Miami Dolphins.
Anderson’s Stanford career spanned 48 games, 35 of them starts, in which he made 140 tackles, 76 of them solos, with 17 sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and seven passes defended.
In his final season, the fifth-year senior started all 13 games and made 65 tackles, 40 of them solos, with 15 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks and two passed defended. Anderson was selected first-team All-Pac-12 and was an SI.com All-America honorable mention.
The remainder of the Colts’ draft class — first-round wide receiver Phillip Dorsett, fourth-round safety Clayton Geathers, fifth-round nose tackle David Parry, sixth-round linebacker Amarlo Herrera, sixth-round running back Josh Robinson and seventh-round offensive lineman Denzelle Good — were signed early on in the process.
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