Colts add cornerback Justin King

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The Colts reportedly want cornerback Mike Jenkins.  For now, they’ll have to settle for Justin King.

The team has announced that King, a four-year veteran, has joined the team.  He entered the league as a fourth-round pick of the Rams in 2008, and he became an unrestricted free agent in March after four seasons in St. Louis.

King, who has appeared in 35 games with 19 starts, will boost a depth chart containing several d-backs who apparently regard those criticizing the secondary as d-bags.

“I kind of get pissed off every time I see an article or someone talking that the Colts’ secondary is this or that,” Jerraud Powers said earlier this week, via Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star.  “[Critics] aren’t in the building every day seeing how these guys work at their craft or how they conduct themselves.”

Right.  But the coaching staff and front office are.  And they’ve now added another veteran defensive back.

Coach Chuck Pagano admits that the team would “love to have someone separate from the pack,” eventually.  “Once we get to training camp and we get the pads on,” Pagano said, “I think that thing will start to clear itself up.”

The real question is whether “that thing” will be able to keep up with the receivers and tight ends that Colts defense will be covering once the real games start.  Despite King’s four NFL seasons, the fact that he was available nearly three months after free agency started isn’t a good sign.

10 responses to “Colts add cornerback Justin King

  1. LOL! As A Ram fan, I really feel bad for the Colts.

    King is the “King of getting burned”. He’s the reason why Torrey Smith become fantasy relevant last season – gave up 3 TD’s alone to him in the 1st quarter.

  2. As a Rams fan..good luck with that. He got torched about every game for at least 1 td not to mention the 3 td’s in the first quarter as the previous commenter alluded to

  3. he was just signed for depth, he will be the nickle back or 4th cd on the depth charts, unlike with the rams, he was their starter

  4. I took my daughter to her first NFL game – that Rams / Ravens game. 3 first quarter TDs to Smith over Justin King, the shortest of which (I believe was 30 yards). Ridiculous!

    In a couple years when Torrey gets to a contract year I hope he buys Justin King a rolex. No lie, he made 3-4 million that day on his next contract.

  5. When your coaching staff brings in Justin King as a defensive back to help “break away from the pack” your secondary is really in trouble. There’s a reason why he was cut by the Rams and wasn’t signed by another team even with a 90 man roster.. Good luck Coach Pagano.. You’ll need it

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