Former Buccaneers strong safety Donte Nicholson was evaluated by the Colts as
the team continues to have questions about the availability of starter Bob Sanders (knee) and reserve Matt Giordano (calf). If those problems persist, the
team may need to sign an additional safety since they only have one reserve -
Dexter Reid - healthy behind starters Antoine Bethea and Marlin Jackson.
Nicholson was the Buccaneers' fifth-round pick out of Oklahoma back in 2005. A real playmaker a big-time hitter in college, Nicholson played in 27 games for the Sooners during his junior and senior year, making 162 tackles, eight sacks, three interceptions, 10 passes defensed, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. Some thought he could challenge for a starting position during his rookie season, but Nicholson spent the first six games of the season on the inactive list and finished the season in relative obscurity as is the case with most NFL rookies, with nine special teams tackles and one pass defensed. This year, he was released in the Buccaneers' final round of cuts.
The 6-foot-1, 216-pound defensive back would boast the largest physical frame of any safety on the Colts squad if they eventually add him to the roster. He's an inch taller than current starter Marlin Jackson, and 20 pounds heavier. And he's two inches taller and about 12 pounds heavier than Antoine Bethea. But his inability to catch on in Tampa Bay after a lot of initial enthusiasm about his signing could indicate that the defense both the Colts and Bucs use just may not be the right match of Nicholson at the pro level.
ColtPower Insiders can check out a special edition of "The Buzz" later today at ColtPower to learn about the experienced safety -- who also has experience as a returns specialist -- that the Colts looked at on Tuesday. And we'll provide Jerry Langton's insightful analysis on both players in Colt Scout features this week as well.