The Buzz: Colts Add Mueller

According to one of our sources, the Colts have added free safety Brandon Mueller to the 2006 roster.

Chances are, you aren't very familiar with Brandon Mueller.

Well, the Indianapolis Colts are. And last year they liked the Ivy League free safety enough to invite him to their mini-camp following the 2005 draft; although they didn't end up signing him.

But that changed this week as the Colts have apparently inked him to a deal that adds the former Princeton Tiger to the Colts roster. ColtPower has learned that Indianapolis plans to designate him as one of their NFL Europe players.

Mueller is a two-time All-Ivy safety who had a terrific pre-draft workout in 2004 that raised the eyebrows of a few scouts. He posted 236 career tackles in 35 starts, with 21 passes defensed and 12 tackles for loss.

The 6'0, 205-lb defensive back experienced one bump in the road during his collegiate career. The 2003 season should have been his senior year with the team, but he was declared academically ineligible. So he had to take a year off before he could return to finish his successful run with the Tigers.

His academic ineligibility shouldn't be a reflection that he's not book-smart or intelligent. After all, he was attending an Ivy League school and was a National Honor Society student during his high school years. And he did return to graduate and get his degree in Politics.

The Colts are always on the lookout for special teams players who can make a difference, and they may get that in Mueller if he can gain some more experience. In 2004, the he won Princeton's "Class of '52 Award" which recognizes the player who "excelled on special teams play, exemplifying pride, hustle and determination."

Mueller just turned 24 in December and is from Valencia, PA. His father played collegiate football at Slippery Rock.

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