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Colts to Bring in Chandler for Free-Agent Visit
Monday, March 7
NFL Network's Albert Breer reported the news of Chandler's impending trip to Indianapolis. The 30-year-old logged 23 receptions for 259 yards and four touchdowns for New England in 2015.
Despite demonstrating pass-catching prowess in Buffalo with an apex of 53 receptions and 655 yards during the 2013 campaign, Chandler's role with the Pats in that regard was rather limited.
As Ben Volin of the Boston Globe reported this past Wednesday, Chandler was released with a failed physical designation, indicating he played only 33 snaps in the final six games with a nagging knee injury.
Superstar Rob Gronkowski got the majority of targets for New England tight ends in the passing game, racking up 72 catches on 120 targets for 1,176 yards and 11 scores. Although there could be other teams who covet Chandler, Indianapolis already seems like a better spot for him to have a more meaningful contribution.
It's understandable the Colts are looking for a contingency plan at a key position. They could do far worse than the underrated receiving threat and solid blocker combination Chandler brings to the gridiron.
Indianapolis' incumbent starting tight ends, Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen, are free agents this offseason. Fleener has flashed well at times but hasn't been as consistent as Indianapolis likely had hoped for a second-round pick, while Allen boasts a superior all-around skill set but has struggled to stay healthy.
Per Spotrac, the Colts do have approximately $29.3 million in salary-cap room to work with. They could retain both Fleener and Allen, but their reported courtship of Chandler suggests they expect to lose at least one of the aforementioned two.