Colts sign former Eagles QB Gardner Minshew
INDIANAPOLIS — The Colts are expected to make additional quarterback maneuvers before the offseason ends, but they bolstered the position a bit with the signing of former Philadelphia Eagles backup Gardner Minshew.
Indianapolis holds the fourth overall pick in next month’s NFL draft, with which it is expected to select a quarterback. But Minshew, an experienced, young veteran, gives the Colts some peace of mind at a position that was a source of constant problems in 2022.
Minshew, 26, reunites with first-year Colts coach Shane Steichen, who was the Eagles’ offensive coordinator the past two seasons. Minshew started two games in place of injured Eagles starter Jalen Hurts last season and brings familiarity with Steichen’s offensive principles to what is expected to be a young quarterback unit.
Minshew said Friday that Colts officials did not specify what his role would be but that he would be ready for anything.
“I really don’t have any expectations,” he said. “I’ve come here to work hard and to have fun.”
Minshew has started 32 games in his four seasons, including 14 as a rookie with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2019. He has thrown 44 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in his career, during which he has posted a 93.1 passer rating.
The Colts have more quarterback decisions to make, including what to do with veteran Nick Foles. He is under contract for one more season. The Colts also have 2021 draft pick Sam Ehlinger on their roster. Last year’s original starter, Matt Ryan, was released Wednesday.
Indianapolis endured a great deal of turmoil at quarterback last season, with Ryan being benched twice, Foles suffering a season-ending injury and Ehlinger being promoted to starter before later being demoted.
Minshew becomes, arguably, the most viable quarterback on the roster. Foles is nearing the end of his career and Ehlinger has had very limited experience. Signing Minshew gives the Colts options if and when they draft a quarterback, providing the luxury of not immediately inserting the newcomer into the starting lineup.