Colts Boost Backfield by Adding Ex-Packer Christine Michael
In a move to boost their running game, the Indianapolis Colts have signed free-agent running back Christine Michael to a contract.
According to Bleacher Report, the Colts have not released details of the deal with Michael. To create room for Michael, the Colts waived running back Brandon Radcliff.
Joining the Colts is the best chance for Michael to make it to the regular-season roster. The Colts only have 34-year-old Frank Gore and power back Robert Turbin atop the depth chart. Michael will compete with fourth-round rookie Marlon Mack as a play-making complement to Gore.
Last season, the Colts finished 23rd in the league in rushing, garnering just 101.8 yards per outing. Signing Michael will address the Colts' need for a speedy and a big-playing back. Before signing with the Colts, Michael also visited the New England Patriots recently, per NFL.com.
The signing was the latest development in Michael's career. He was signed by the Green Bay Packers in March but was released two months later after the team took three running backs from the 2017 NFL Draft, per ESPN.com.
Michael played with the Seattle Seahawks and Packers last season, tallying 690 yards and eight touchdowns.
He saw action for the Seahawks for nine games, recording 469 yards and six touchdowns on 117 carries as a starter. However, he was waived after the Seahawks primary rushers returned.
Michael then signed with the Packers, where he played six games, tallying 114 yards on 31 carries with a touchdown.
Originally selected by the Seahawks as 62nd overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Michael played in 37 career NFL games in his time with the Packers, Seahawks and the Dallas Cowboys (2015).
Michael has carried the ball 254 times for 1,080 yards and seven touchdowns. He also caught 26 passes for 135 yards and one touchdown. In five playoff games, he tallied 37 carries for 128 yards and caught two passes for 17 yards.
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