The Colts completed their final walk-through session Wednesday morning before heading to St. Louis for their preseason opener against the Rams. But with their secondary, especially at the safety position, decimated by injuries, the Colts signed two more players to add some depth.
ColtPower has learned from a source close to the NFL that safety Jahmile Addea out of West Virginia and cornerback Shannon Fitzhugh out of Western Illinois have joined the team. The signings put the Colts over the 80-man roster limit by at least one, and possibly two players. One of the players signed had an NFL Europe exemption with his previous team. If that exemption still applies even though he switched teams, the Colts will only be over by one player.
Addae was a four-year starter for West Virginia and was invited to the NFL Combine this year. An undrafted free agent, the hard-hitting safety initially signed with Tampa Bay but was released in mid-July. According to our West Virginia affiliate at Scout.com, Addae was also signed by the Titans after that, but based on other sources, it appears that the Titans were close to signing him but didn't complete the transaction.
ColtPower Insiders can learn more about Addae from this article at our West Virginia affiliate titled “Body of Work.”
Shannon Fitzhugh is a former Carolina Panther out of Western Illinois. He was in the team’s training camp briefly as an undrafted free agent last year and was then re-signed early this year. The Panthers sent him to NFL Europe to play for the Berlin Thunder, but waived him at the end of May. The 5-foor-11, 200-pound corner also gained experience at linebacker his senior year at Western Illinois.
Watch for our more detailed analysis on these two players over the next few days.