Lynch Released by Colts

Colts defensive back Brandon Lynch won't be playing for the Colts in 2006. ColtPower Insiders can get the details on this unexpected roster move.

Defensive back Brandon Lynch signed a new contract with the Colts in January, but won't be competing for a spot on this year's roster after all. According to one of our sources, Lynch apparently failed a team physical and was released.

Originally signed by the Colts in January of 2005 after spending the summer of 2004 in the Titans' training camp, Lynch was a productive outside linebacker at Middle Tennessee State. The Colts wanted him to try his hand at safety due to his 5-foot-11, 192-pound frame. Although he was waived by the Colts as well last summer, Lynch was signed to the practice squad and was one of just three players who remained on the squad through early December.

But Lynch was moved to the team's practice squad injury list in early December, ending his season. According to one of our NFL sources, Lynch was apparently having back problems at the time.

Despite Lynch's departure, the Colts have plenty of talent to sift through during this offseason. Behind incumbent starters Bob Sanders and Mike Doss, five more players are on the roster to give them some competition. But most are young and have mainly contributed on special teams to date.

But the potential of the group is encouraging as they are all solid, hardworking players with good tackling skills. The key to where they eventually shake out on the depth chart will be how well they display their coverage skills and speed in camp while maintaining their high value to the special teams units.

Gerome Sapp is the most tenured of the group heading into his fourth season in the NFL. Dexter Reid, picked up by the Colts last year after his release by New England, will be starting his third season. Second-year players Matt Giordano and converted linebacker Chris Laskowski are hard-hitters with high hopes. Rookie Antoine Bethea will have much to learn, but has good field intelligence and should catch on quickly.

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