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Colts Sign Boiman and Schobel

Len Pasquarelli reports that the Colts have signed two cast-offs to bolster their D.

The Indianapolis Colts continued to fine-tune their defensive depth chart on Monday, adding linebacker Rocky Boiman and end Bo Schobel, a pair of players they once faced in the division, and who could take over key backup roles this season.

The addition of Boiman, a four-year veteran released by the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday, could turn out to be an especially key acquisition, given Indianapolis’ lack of experienced linebacker depth. Boiman spent the first four seasons of his career with the Tennessee Titans before signing with Cowboys this spring as an unrestricted free agent, a deal that netted him a $1 million signing bonus. Boiman, 26, subsequently got lost in the shuffle in Dallas, however, as the club assembled an impressive linebacker corps, and he went from a projected starter to an afterthought. In Indianapolis, the former Notre Dame standout will be the backup to Gilbert Gardner, the first-year starter at strongside linebacker, where the Colts lost standout David Thornton in free agency.


The immediate impact of Schobel, another former Titans’ player, might not be as immediate as the addition of Boiman, but it provides the Colts another outside pass rusher and an upfield “edge” defender whose skills-set is a good fit for the Indianapolis scheme.

The Colts were 13-0 and the odds-on favorites to win the Super Bowl last year before having problems at the end of the year. The Cowboys were 9-7 and missed the playoffs the second year in a row.

If the Cowboys are releasing players that are going to be starting for the Colts, one of two things has happened: The Cowboys are a whole lot better than they were or they screwed up big time in cutting this guy. Time will tell which it is.

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