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INDIANAPOLIS – T.J. Carrie is the other free agent cornerback for the Colts in 2021.

Obviously, Xavier Rhodes will garner the major headlines when talking about that position this offseason, but Carrie is a name not to forget.

And that’s especially true if/when Rhodes seeks out a bigger pay day elsewhere in free agency.

That would all of a sudden make the need for the Colts to bring Carrie back a higher priority.

Carrie’s appeal comes from his durability, his versatility and his professionalism.

Those are all important traits at a position where the Colts don’t have a whole lot of proven players.

While Carrie does turn 31 this summer, he’s missed just 1 game since 2015.

He lined up as both an outside and inside cornerback for the Colts last season, and was used more often than Rock Ya-Sin to close out the season.

Carrie found the ball a few times in 2020 with 2 interceptions and a fumble recovery.

His play was much improved from last year with the Browns, as he allowed a completion percentage of 57.5 (down from 68.3%) and a passer rating of 78.0 (down from 105.1).

For the reasons above, it seems like the Colts would be wise to give Carrie another short-term deal with hope that the likes of past draft picks Rock Ya-Sin, Marvell Tell and Isaiah Rodgers develop more.

2021 Colts Free Agent Watches

Quarterback Jacoby Brissett

Tight End Trey Burton

Running Back Marlon Mack

Wide Receiver T.Y. Hilton

Left Tackle Le’Raven Clark

Defensive End Justin Houston

Offensive Tackle Chaz Green

Offensive Lineman Joey Hunt

Defensive End Al-Quadin Muhammad

Defensive Lineman Denico Autry

Linebacker Anthony Walker