Colts news: Indianapolis claims former Browns safety Derrick Kindred
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Report: Colts claim former Browns safety Derrick Kindred

Derrick Kindred

The Indianapolis Colts have claimed safety Derrick Kindred off of waivers from the Cleveland Browns, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Kindred, who was waived by the Browns on Monday, is coming off of a 2018 campaign in which he played all 16 games and finished with 45 tackles, an interception and a forced fumble.

The 25-year-old, who played his collegiate football at TCU, was originally selected by Cleveland in the fourth round (129th pick overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft.

He appeared in 12 contests during his rookie season, totaling 44 tackles and five passes defended. Then, the following season, Kindred participated in 14 games and registered 55 tackles, a pick and six passes defended.

Kindred is the latest addition to a Colts team that has been working on its defense this offseason. Last month, Indianapolis made one of the biggest splashes in free agency by landing former Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston.

While the acquisition of Kindred is certainly not on that level, it’s still a solid, low-key move for Indianapolis.

The Colts won 10 games and made the playoffs in spite of getting off to an ugly 1-5 start this past season, clinching a Wild Card berth on the final day of the regular season by beating their AFC South division rival Tennessee Titans in a winner-take-all game.

Indy then moved on to defeat the Houston Texans in the Wild Card Round of the playoffs before falling to the Chiefs in the Divisional Round the following week.

Indianapolis snapped a three-year postseason drought with the playoff appearance.