The Indianapolis Colts have released starting Right Tackle Gosder Cherilus according to the Team’s official Twitter account Sunday.
This move comes after Cherilus was cleared to return from his injuries, so one can only assume the Colts knew something we don’t about the Tackle’s injuries.
Cherilus’ agent Greg Diulus was quoted as saying “He is very healthy and in great shape”, about Cherilus. That statement was confirmed by another NFL source.
“We had some conversations with the Colts [during the last week], and they wanted us to do something contractually that we were not comfortable with. He did what he was supposed to do. He visited the doctors this week, and he passed everything with flying colors,” Diulus said. “He’s going to play somewhere this year.”
Colts General Manager Ryan Grigson might now regret giving the protector a five-year $35 million deal in Spring 2013.
Cherilus lived up to expectations and his contract during the 2013 season, but injuries to his knee, shoulder and groin and a general poor performance plagued his 2014 season.
Before being placed on the Colts Injury Reserve days afore the Colts 2014 playoff opener, Cherilus had allowed 27 hurries, 15 hits, and six sacks
Pro Football Focus noted that the transaction of Cherilus shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise:
Don't be surprised by the Colts releasing Gosder Cherilus, only 12 OTs had a worse grade in pass protection in 2014. pic.twitter.com/cRA6xhmRPG
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) July 26, 2015
Now, all eyes turn to 23-year-old Jack Mewhort for the Right Tackle position. Mewhort started 13 games at Left Guard last season and started Week 17 at Right Tackle.
It’s really Mewhort’s job to lose, as has and will work with the first team unit at Right Tackle during all of Indianapolis’s offseason activities.
The Colts will save about $4 million in base salary by cutting the 31-year-old Cherilus. Indy will carry $2.9 million in dead money this season and $5.8 in dead money in 2016 by releasing Cherilus.
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Peter Elliott is the Lead NFL and MLB Writer for Talking Baws.