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Colts trade for DE Winn

Posted by Chris Brown on September 11, 2015 – 5:20 pm

Two days before their season opener at Buffalo, the Indianapolis Colts have swung a trade to boost their defensive front.

The Indianapolis Colts traded a conditional late-round 2017 NFL Draft pick to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for defensive lineman Billy Winn Friday afternoon. The team has also waived guard Robert Myers and waived running back Daniel Herron from Injured Reserve.

Winn, 6-4, 300 pounds, was originally drafted by the Browns in the sixth round (205th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft. He’s played in 40 games (18 starts) and registered 87 tackles (57 solo), 3.0 sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, five passes defensed and two interceptions.

In 2014, Winn played in 13 games (five starts) and finished with 31 tackles (17 solo), one forced fumble, two passes defensed, one interception and one blocked field goal.

The Colts likely found him attractive because of his familiarity in playing in a 3-4 defensive front as a defensive end. Indianapolis lost starting NT Arthur Jones for the season with an ankle injury and on their depth chart have a starting nose tackle and starting defensive end who are rookies in David Parry and Henry Anderson, their fifth and third round draft choices last spring.

Winn adds a welcome dose of experience to their defensive front, and though he was a rotational wave player for the Browns, there’s a good chance he moves into the starting lineup for the Colts sooner rather than later.

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