10:51am: Irving’s three-year deal can be worth up to $9.25MM, a source tells Anderson (Twitter link).
10:37am: The Colts have agreed to terms with free agent linebacker Nate Irving, the team announced today in a press release. The former Bronco recently visited Indianapolis, and was said to be weighing his options earlier this week.
Irving, who turns 27 this summer, has spent the first four seasons of his career with the Broncos, since being drafted 67th overall by Denver in 2011. The North Carolina State product was playing as a full-time starter for the first time in 2014, but had his season cut short in November when he suffered a knee injury. Prior to landing on IR, Irving compiled 46 tackles and a sack.
Having played middle linebacker for the Broncos last season, Irving seems likely to play on the inside for the Colts, meaning he’ll join a group that currently includes D’Qwell Jackson and Jerrell Freeman. Freeman is technically still an unsigned free agent, but he received a second-round RFA tender from the Colts, so he’s unlikely to go anywhere.
According to Josina Anderson of ESPN.com (via Twitter), it’s expected to be a three-year deal for Irving in Indianapolis. The linebacker also reportedly drew interest from the Dolphins and Cardinals.