Colts linebacker Boiman re-signs

Updated: April 17, 2007, 10:54 AM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

Unrestricted free agent Rocky Boiman, who could compete for meaningful playing time as the Indianapolis Colts shuffle their linebacker corps again in 2007, has returned to the Super Bowl champions with a one-year contract.

The deal, worth $635,000, came after Boiman received solid interest from at least three other clubs during the free agency period.

A five-year veteran, Boiman, 27, played in all 16 games for the Colts in 2006 after signing just before the start of the regular season, and totaled 20 tackles.

He began his career with Tennessee as a fourth-round pick in the 2002 draft, then after four seasons with the Titans, signed with the Dallas Cowboys as a free agent last spring. Despite a contract that included a $1 million signing bonus, Boiman was released by the Cowboys when the team had a logjam at linebacker entering the season. He then signed with the Colts.

Indianapolis lost starting weakside standout Cato June as an unrestricted free agent last month and the Colts will be forced to restructure their linebacker corps to compensate for his departure. Depending on the moves the coaching staff makes, Boiman could compete for the starting job at strongside linebacker.

If the former Notre Dame star does not win a starting job, Boiman should provide the Colts a versatile and proven veteran who can line up at any of the three linebacker spots, along with a strong special teams performer.

In 70 appearances, including a dozen starts, Boiman has 145 tackles, three interceptions, two passes defensed, 1½ sacks and two forced fumbles.

Len Pasquarelli is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com.