Colts Trade for Calmus

The Tennessee Titans were shopping former starting middle linebacker Rocky Calmus around the league and found that division rival Indianapolis was willing to make a deal.

The Colts traded a conditional draft pick to the Titans for middle linebacker Rocky Calmus, who led the Titans in tackles during the preseason for Tennessee.

Calmus was the starting middle linebacker for the Titans' number one rush defense in 2003. In 2004 he started one game at middle linebacker and two at the left outside linebacker position. But a nerve problem in his back that affected his left leg sidelined him for eight weeks. After returning to game action for three games, a strained hamstring landed him on the injured reserve list, ending his season.

The 6'3, 238-pound linebacker is a former Butkus Award winner out of Oklahoma and was a third-round pick by the Titans back in 2002.

"I think it's a great opportunity for Rocky," his agent Mark Slough of Merge Sports & Entertainment told ColtPower. "And certainly it will prove to be a good move for the Colts. With the addition of Corey Simon up front -- and now you have a guy like Rocky Calmus."

The trade didn't catch Slough or Calmus by surprise as they had heard some rumblings early this week that the Titans might try to trade their Calmus closer to the final cuts. And Slough thought the Colts would be the best place for him after looking at team rosters from around the league. Calmus agreed, but he didn't think there was a chance that his team would trade him within the division.

"He's happy, he's excited," said Slough.

Calmus is heading to Indianapolis Saturday night to meet with team officials and to get settled in with his new team. Calmus' arrival will bring a new competitor for the middle linebacker position that Gary Brackett won over Rob Morris during the preseason. Calmus' arrival could -- at minimum -- push Morris down another notch on the depth chart.

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