INDIANAPOLIS – The Houston Texans lost another defender after outside linebacker John Simon signed with division rival Indianapolis Friday morning, according to the Indianapolis Star Tribune.
The Colts have agreed to terms with Simon on a three-year deal, according to a league source. Simon, the source said, is in route to Indianapolis and plans to sign his contract later Friday.
The Colts are investing in Simon in hopes he can perhaps seize on an opportunity to produce in a potential greater role.
The Colts gave Simon a $14 million deal that includes a total sum of $6 million in 2017 between base salary and bonuses. A total of $5.5 million of the contract is guaranteed. It contains escalators, according to a source, that could push the deal to a maximum of $17 million.
That’s a sizable investment in a player the Colts likely see as having considerable upside. That’s something that’s been stressed internally at Colts headquarters, a desire for players who are ascending. Simon, at 26, could fall into that category.
Simon’s production in Houston was what you’d expect from a part-time player. He recorded 3.5 sacks in 2016 (when he missed five games) but had a respectable five sacks in 2015, when he made eight starts.
The Colts will have a great deal of familiarity with Simon. Defensive coordinator Ted Monachino was the Baltimore Ravens' linebackers coach when Simon spent his rookie season there in 2013 out of Ohio State.