Mo Alie-Cox

AFC Notes: Bush, Granson, Andrews

Expectations were sky-high for Devin Bush when the Steelers traded up to select him in the first round of the 2019 draft. Things haven’t gone according to plan in the past two years in particular, leading to the team’s decision to decline his fifth-year option earlier this offseason.

That has led many to believe 2022 will be his final year in Pittsburgh. While the upcoming season could prove to be a critical turning point, he will still have a starting role in the middle of the team’s defense. Mark Kaboly of The Athletic notes that Bush will be a member of the first-team unit alongside free agent addition Myles Jack (subscription required).

The Michigan alum is no stranger to significant playing time, having started all but one of his games in the NFL. He will look to rebound from a disappointing 2021 campaign, where he made 41 solo tackles and allowed a passer rating of nearly 103 in coverage. Behind him and Jack at the position, the Steelers have veteran Robert Spillane and 2021 fourth-rounder Buddy Johnson available in the event of injuries or poor play.

Here are a couple of other notes from the AFC:

  • Facing a serious cap crunch, the Patriots re-worked the contract of center David Andrews last month. The move created some breathing room for the 2022 season, dropping his cap number from $6.375MM down to $4.275MM. In a breakdown of the other changes brought on by the restructure, ESPN’s Mike Reiss notes (on Twitter) that his cap figure in 2023 and 2024 will jump from $5.875MM to $7.175MM and $7.425MM, respectively. The 30-year-old is coming off of another solid season in 2021, earning a PFF grade of 78, and figures to reman an anchor on New England’s o-line for the foreseeable future.
  • The Colts will have a new player atop the tight end depth chart this season. The retirement of Jack Doyle has left Mo Alie-Cox as the No. 1 at the position in Indianapolis. While the 28-year-old is likely to eclipse his single-season career high of 394 yards with the increased workload, another incumbent could see an uptick on usage. 2021 fourth-rounder Kylen Granson “should be given every opportunity” to become a full-time contributor in the team’s offense, writes FOX59’s Mike Chappell. He made just 11 catches as a rookie, and will be competing with Alie-Cox and rookies Jelani Woods and Drew Ogletree for targets. Still, he could take on a notable receiving role in particular within Frank Reich‘s TE-friendly scheme with a strong training camp.

Colts To Re-Sign TE Mo Alie-Cox

The centerpiece of the Colts’ 2022 offense remains a mystery, but the team reached an agreement to keep one of its pass catchers. Mo Alie-Cox is staying in Indianapolis on a three-year deal, Joel Erickson of the Indianapolis Star tweets.

Alie-Cox is coming back for $18MM, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com tweets. This is a nice payday for a player who has transformed from VCU hoops contributor to Colts auxiliary piece. The deal contains $11.7MM in guaranteed money, including his entire 2021 salary, according to Aaron Wilson of ProFootballNetwork.com on Twitter.

With Jack Doyle retiring, Alie-Cox may become a more prominent factor in the Colts’ offense. The ex-college basketball player has established himself as a solid weapon in Indianapolis over the past two years, combining for 710 yards and six touchdown receptions in that span.

Indy drafted Kylen Granson in the 2021 fourth round but otherwise does not have much beyond Alie-Cox signed at the tight end position. The $6MM-per-year pact represents midlevel money at the tight end spot, potentially indicating Indy is not done here. The Colts are still in need at wide receiver, so Alie-Cox almost certainly will not be their final key pass-catching investment this offseason.

Colts Tender TE Mo Alie-Cox

Mo Alie-Cox will hit restricted free agency. The Colts have slapped the tight end with a second-round tender, according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo (via Twitter). The second-round tender value is set at $3.384MM.

The Colts will now have the chance at first refusal for Alie-Cox’s services. If the Colts don’t match a hypothetical offer to the tight end, they’ll received a second-round pick in return.

Alie-Cox made a name for himself as a forward on VCU’s basketball team. Despite the fact that he hadn’t played organized football since high school, the Colts took a chance on him as an undrafted free agent in 2017. The tight end has progressively received more responsibilities through his four seasons in the NFL, culminating in a 2020 campaign where he put up career numbers.

The 27-year-old ultimately finished the season having hauled in a career-high 31 receptions for 394 yards and two touchdowns. Alie-Cox has also earned a reputation as one of the better blocking tight ends in the NFL. Assuming he returns to Indy, the veteran will likely continue serving as the team’s number-two tight end behind starter Jack Doyle.

Reserve/Futures Contracts: 12/30/19

With the regular season behind us, teams can start signing players to reserve/futures contract. This ties the player to the team’s 90-man offseason roster.

Several teams have already started completing these deals, which we’ve compiled below:

Arizona Cardinals

Carolina Panthers

Denver Broncos

Indianapolis Colts

New York Giants

New York Jets

Pittsburgh Steelers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Colts Promote TE Mo Alie-Cox

The Colts have placed defensive back Matthias Farley on injured reserve. To take his place on the main roster, the club promoted tight end Mo Alie-Cox

Farley, a Notre Dame product, started in 15 games for the Colts last year. This offseason, he returned to the Colts on Labor Day weekend after he was let go by the Cardinals. Farley wasn’t a regular starter this year, but his versatility will be missed.

Alie-Cox, 25, dressed for one Colts game this year – the club’s Week 4 loss to the Texans. He was let go earlier this month, but he’s back on the roster after a short hiatus. Alie-Cox made a name for himself as a forward for VCU’s basketball team, but decided to transition to an NFL tight end and follow in the footsteps of Tony Gonzalez, Julius Thomas, Jimmy Graham, and Antonio Gates.

The former power forward will try to make an impression this year, and he may get an opportunity this week while Eric Ebron is banged up. The Colts may not have Ebron in the lineup against the Jets, and even if he plays, they may have to limit his snaps.

Minor NFL Transactions: 9/28/18

Here are Friday’s minor moves:

Cincinnati Bengals

Indianapolis Colts

New Orleans Saints

Tennessee Titans

Sunday NFL Transactions: AFC South

Listed below are the Sunday roster moves for the four AFC South teams. Following the 53-man roster cutdown deadline yesterday, many teams will make slight tweaks to their rosters, claiming players off waivers or signing guys who clear waivers. Those transactions for the Texans, Colts, Jaguars, and Titans are noted below.

Additionally, as of 12:00pm CT today, teams can begin constructing their 10-man practice squads. You can check out our glossary entry on practice squads to brush up on those changes, as well as all the other guidelines that govern the 10-man units, whose players practice with the team but aren’t eligible to suit up on Sundays.

Here are Sunday’s AFC South transactions, which will continue to be updated throughout the day:

Houston Texans

Claimed:

Cut:

Placed on injured reserve:

Practice squad:

Indianapolis Colts

Claimed:

Cut:

Placed on injured reserve:

Practice squad:

Jacksonville Jaguars

Practice squad:

Tennessee Titans

Practice squad:

* = practice squad exception

Colts Cut Austin Howard, Reach 53-Man Roster

The Colts are at the 53-man roster max after making a bundle of transactions, including the release of offensive tackle Austin Howard.

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The Colts invested $1.3MM guaranteed in Howard, but he was medically cleared until late July and struggled in camp and during the preseason. The Colts dangled him in trade talks this week, but there were no takers for him.

Despite his issues this summer, Howard had a solid 2017 with the Ravens and graded as Pro Football Focus’ No. 36 offensive tackle. If healthy, he could draw interest from other teams.

The Colts also placed defensive end Chris McCain, linebacker Jeremiah George, defensive end Anthony Johnson, and tight end Ross Travis on injured reserve.

Here’s a look at the rest of the Colts’ moves:

Waived:

Last year, Bond ascended to the starting center job when Ryan Kelly broke his foot late in training camp. Unfortunately, a torn quad landed him on IR in October. This year, he’ll be looking for work elsewhere.

Alie-Cox was a former basketball player looking to transition to tight end. Although Antonio Gates and others have successfully made the jump, Alie-Cox has yet to find similar success.

In addition to the aforementioned moves, the Colts also waived the following players with an injury designation. If they clear waivers, then they revert to the Colts’ Injured Reserve list:

NFL Reserve/Futures Contracts: 1/1/18

Here are the latest reserve/futures contract signings from around the NFL. These deals will go into effect on the first day of the 2018 league year, with players joining their respective clubs’ offseason 90-man rosters:

Baltimore Ravens

  • QB Josh Woodrum
  • RB John Crockett
  • FB Ricky Ortiz
  • OT Steven Moore

Buffalo Bills

Chicago Bears

Cincinnati Bengals

  • LB Carl Bradford
  • K Jon Brown
  • LB Connor Harris
  • OT Javarius Leamon
  • OG Oni Omoile
  • TE Scott Orndoff
  • CB Sojourn Shelton
  • SS Robenson Therezie
  • WR Kermit Whitfield

Cleveland Browns

Denver Broncos

Detroit Lions

Indianapolis Colts

  • TE Mo Alie-Cox
  • WR Dres Anderson
  • DT Johnathan Calvin
  • WR Kolby Listenbee
  • LB Arthur Miley
  • LB Josh Perry
  • QB Phillip Walker
  • G Isaiah Williams

New York Giants

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Washington Redskins