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Colts add another CFL player

Last month, the Colts raided the Saskatchewan Roughriders for linebacker Jerrell Freeman.  The Colts have now swiped another CFL defender, this one from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

The Colts have announced the addition of defensive end Justin Hickman, who spent three years in Hamilton.  He started all 18 games in 2011, notching 13.0 sacks and landing a nomination for Most Outstanding Defensive Player.

The Colts also re-signed defensive back Mike Newton, who was waived/injured by the Colts in August 2011.  Newton appeared in 12 games for the Colts in 2010, playing special teams and reserve defensive back.

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12 Responses to “Colts add another CFL player”
  1. bearsrulepackdrool says: Feb 9, 2012 6:54 PM

    Need to build up that 3-4 defense.

  2. steelerhypocrite says: Feb 9, 2012 7:04 PM

    At this rate, they’re only a QB away from the grey cup.

  3. conbro8 says: Feb 9, 2012 7:30 PM

    I’m liking Grigson’s approach toward CFL talent. It’s an under-utilized resource for NFL teams, especially the Colts, who never really delve into FA markets.

  4. nomesayin says: Feb 9, 2012 7:30 PM

    “Oskee weee weee. Oskee waaa waaa. Holy mackinaw! Tigers…EAT ‘EM RAW!!!” (rah)

  5. touchdownroddywhite says: Feb 9, 2012 7:38 PM

    Spelling bad news for Dwight Freeney that they’ve publically endorsed Mathis and now are picking up competition for Freeney…

  6. adx321 says: Feb 9, 2012 8:28 PM


    Yes – a guy from the CFL spells bad news for a perennial pro bowl player who is under contract.

  7. dempsey63 says: Feb 9, 2012 8:50 PM

    So, are the Colts now immune from “12 men on the field” penalties?

  8. vipod4ever says: Feb 9, 2012 10:27 PM

    They should have landed Trestman as HC.

  9. mrgroovesd says: Feb 9, 2012 11:45 PM

    Won’t mean anything with Manusky as the DC.

  10. kesher10 says: Feb 10, 2012 1:45 AM

    Probably going to have this guy and Hughes play DE and move Freeney and Mathis to OLB since all indications point toward a 3-4 scheme. It will be about the same thing the Texans did to Mario Williams this year.

  11. quittsburghstoolers says: Feb 10, 2012 3:04 AM

    dempsey63 says:Feb 9, 2012 8:50 PM

    So, are the Colts now immune from “12 men on the field” penalties?


    If that were true, Bill Belicheat would have been
    signing nothing but CFL guys right along.

    Scratch that… Belichimp would just get Kraft to buy
    the Edmonton Eskimos and let Brady be their QB…

  12. supremeomega says: Feb 10, 2012 7:32 AM

    Smart move.

    Elite players from the CFL that will be hungry to have careers in the NFL. Don’t expect them to be stars but they should be able to provide some depth on a talent poor D. I think of these guys like draft picks or UFAs…so now they can focus on the horrid secondary in the actual draft!

    Ultimately the Colts D can go anywhere but up!

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