Barrow Visits Colts, LB Quest Continues

ColtPower has learned that former Redskins linebacker Michael Barrow visited the Colts today.

Note to self: Never play poker with Bill Polian.

Yesterday the Colts President told ColtPower in an interview that the Colts were not going to continue to scan the waiver wire for linebacker help as they did roughly a week ago when they signed -- and subsequently waived -- former Seahawk Solomon Bates.

"Brackett's been fine and if we stay healthy there (at linebacker), Pope's been fine, we'll be in good shape," Polian told ColtPower Correspondent Todd Taylor on Monday at camp.

Either he wisely didn't want to tip his hand, or events quickly came together after talking to ColtPower as we've learned from a source close to the team that former Redskins and Giants inside linebacker Michael Barrow visited the team today.

As of 4:00 pm ET, no details are yet available regarding whether or not it was a preliminary visit or if Barrow reached an agreement with the team. But the message is clear, the Colts aren't quite settled with their middle linebacker situation.

Whether or not that question is in regards to Gary Brackett's starting status or the depth of talent behind him is unclear. But this is the second inside linebacker the Colts have taken a look at within roughly a week, so the answer may come soon if Barrow is signed. It's just as likely that the Colts may be disappointed in Rob Morris' play over the past couple of weeks and his ability to provide a true challenge for Brackett.

Barrow is entering his 13th year in the NFL and is a free agent after recently being released by the Redskins who simply had too much talent and money tied up at the inside linebacker position. He's coming off a serious injury that sidelined him for the entire 2003 season. But in 2003 with the Giants, Barrow registered 148 tackles (109 solo), 2 sacks, 3 forced fumbles and 4 passes defensed.

The 35-year old linebacker signed a 6-year, $13 million deal that included a $2.5 million signing bonus last year with Washington, but a serious knee injury in camp kept him from ever playing a down in a regular season game.

In related news, Brackett missed Tuesday morning's practice due to a sore knee, but the injury is considered minor and he is expected to be back in action very soon. Rob Morris worked with the first team in his place while Brackett watched from the sidelines.


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