Former Vikings defender reportedly finds a new home in the AFC South
By Adam Patrick
Former Minnesota Vikings defensive lineman Ifeadi Odenigbo has reportedly agreed to a deal with the Indianapolis Colts for the 2022 season.
After a bit of a breakout performance with the Minnesota Vikings in 2019, defensive lineman Ifeadi Odenigbo had the opportunity to start in 15 games for the purple and gold during the 2020 season.
Unfortunately, what Odenigbo was able to do in a reserve role with the Vikings in 2019 didn’t really translate into him being able to produce at a high level as a starter in 2020.
He wound up finishing the 2020 campaign with 35 tackles, 26 pressures, and 3.5 sacks. After the season, Odenigbo became a free agent, and Minnesota decided to not bring him back.
Former Minnesota Vikings DL Ifeadi Odenigbo reportedly signs with the Indianapolis Colts
Since hitting free agency in the 2021 offseason, Odenigbo has had stints with the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns. With the Browns last season, he only appeared in nine games, and he finished with just 13 tackles.
Now 28-years-old, Odenigbo isn’t giving up on his pro football career just yet. On Monday, NFL Media’s Tom Peliserro reported that the former Vikings defensive lineman will be signing with the Indianapolis Colts.
If Odenigbo is able to make the Colts’ final 2022 roster, he should be able to provide his new team with some much-needed pass-rushing depth next season. In 2021, the Indianapolis defense finished with the second-fewest pressures and the seventh-fewest sacks in the NFL.
Odenigbo is not the only former Minnesota defensive lineman the Colts have added to their roster this offseason though. Earlier this year, Indianapolis made a trade with the Las Vegas Raiders to acquire former Vikings pass-rusher Yannick Ngakoue.
The Colts will be hoping that the additions of Ngakoue and Odenigbo, along with the continuous development of defensive end Kwity Paye, will result in their defense being able to make life much more difficult for opposing quarterbacks next season.