Some Colts fans may have been surprised by the release of defensive tackle Vincent "Sweet Pea" Burns on Saturday, a former third-round pick by Indianapolis. Today, the Colts announced they've claimed Patriots defensive tackle Dan Klecko, who is entering his fourth NFL season out of Temple University.
The 5-foot-11, 275-pound lineman played nose tackle in the Patriots' 3-4 defensive scheme. A fourth-round pick by New England in the 2003 draft, Klecko saw action as both a defensive lineman and a reseve fullback with the Patriots. New England also took a look at him during preseason action as a middle linebacker.
With the Colts' recent experiment of using DT Darrell Reid as a fullback, Klecko may get consideration for a similar role with the Colts. He's also been an active and reliable player on special teams for New England.
During his college career at Temple, Klecko made 206 tackles (142 solo) with 26 sacks for 124 yards in 40 games. Over the past three years with the Patriots, he started in just three games, but appeared in 29. He was credited with 33 defensive stops and two sacks.
Klecko is the son of former NFL defensive tackle Joe Klecko who played for the Jets from 1977 through 1987. He spent his final year in the NFL with the Colts in 1988 and played in four Pro Bowls during his career.
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