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Scott Tolzien to Colts: Latest Contract Details, Comments, Reaction

Joe Pantorno@@JoePantornoFeatured ColumnistMarch 11, 2016

Green Bay Packers quarterback Scott Tolzien (16) looks to throw a pass against the Arizona Cardinals during an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (Jeff Haynes/AP Images for Panini)
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Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay announced on Friday that his team signed quarterback Scott Tolzien

Tolzien has spent five years in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers backing up Alex Smith, Colin Kaepernick and Aaron Rodgers

During his time in the league, Tolzien appeared in six games, all with the Packers, where he held a 61.5 percent completion rate with 721 yards, one touchdown and five interceptions. 

His past preseason numbers, though, might have helped his case in heading to Indianapolis, according to ESPN.com's Jason Wilde:

Scott Tolzien 2014-2015 Preseason Numbers
Stat20142015
Completions/Attempts38/5628/46
Yards477250
Touchdowns32
Interceptions01
QB Rating112.080.9

The Colts were in need of depth help at the quarterback position after veteran Matt Hasselbeck announced his retirement and that he'll head to the studio to work for ESPN. 

Hasselbeck appeared in eight games in his age-40 season for the Colts in 2015 after Andrew Luck was sidelined due to injury. When Hasselbeck dealt with neck and shoulder injuries, the Colts were hard-pressed to find another option.

Charlie Whitehurst, Ryan Lindley and Josh Freeman all appeared in games down the stretch for the Colts, which was still in the thick of a mediocre AFC South playoff race despite finishing the year at 8-8.

All three of those quarterbacks are currently free agents, and with Tolzien's arrival, it doesn't look like they'll be back in Indianapolis either.

While no one in Colts camp wants a repeat season where Luck misses significant time, Tolzien's acquisition shows the team was high enough on the quarterback to possibly step into a relief role in case the face of the franchise goes down again.

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Stats courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.com.

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