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INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts have made their first outside free agent move in 2021.

Needing some proven players to join the defensive line room, the Colts inked versatile DL-Isaac Rochell (6-4, 280 pounds). The deal is reportedly 1-year for $2.5 million.

Rochell, 25, joins the Colts after playing with the Chargers for the last 4 years.

With the Chargers, Rochell didn’t miss a game the last three seasons (starting 9 of them). For his career, Rochell has 9.5 sacks, 10 tackles for loss and 12 quarterback hits.

The Chargers chose not to offer a restricted tender to Rochell this offseason, which placed him onto the open market.

In Rochell, think of a poor man’s Denico Autry.

Rochell is not known for his elite athleticism, but more so for his dependability, versatility and professionalism.

By no means does the addition of Rochell solve the Colts need for pass rush up front. But it was important for the Colts to add some depth for a position group that Matt Eberflus loves to rotate on game day.

With Autry joining the Titans and remaining free agents in Justin Houston and Al-Quadin Muhammad still on the open market, it was important for the Colts to make some depth moves up front.

If everything goes according to plan, Rochell’s role could look similar to what we saw from Tyquan Lewis last year.

Rochell is a Notre Dame product and was taken in the 7th round of the 2017 Draft by the Chargers.

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