If nothing else, a quiet beginning to free agency saw the Indianapolis Colts address one need.
The sixth-year pro takes the job of Matt Hasselbeck, who wasn’t re-signed and has since retired. Tolzien, 28, has played in six NFL games with two starts. He’s completed 56-of-91 passes for 721 yards with one touchdown and five interceptions.
“We looked at a number of quarterbacks during this process and we felt Scott fit us on a number of levels,” said Colts general manager Ryan Grigson. “He is a young, highly intelligent, tough and driven individual who we feel possesses a lot of potential.”
Tolzien, 6-2 and 213, entered the NFL out of Wisconsin as an undrafted free agent with San Diego. He spent the next year with San Francisco before joining the Packers.
He was on Green Bay’s practice squad for much of 2013 before being elevated to the active roster. He played in three games, two of them starts. In his first two appearances, he passed for 619 yards, the most for a quarterback in the first two games in Packers history and fourth-most in NFL history.
In 2014, he was on the Packers’ 53-man roster but inactive for 15 games. Last season as Aaron Rodgers’ backup, he saw limited action in three games.
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