Gardner Minshew returns to AFC South. By NFL Mediathe Indianapolis Colts agreed Thursday with the 26-year-old quarterback. NFL Media Reports Minshew’s deal is for one year and includes $3.5 million fully guaranteed. Former Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator turned Colts head coach Shane Steichen brings his backup signalman with him to Indy.
Minshew has spent the past two seasons supporting Jalen Hurts in Philadelphia. He started two games last season, a six-point loss to the Dallas Cowboys and a 10-point loss to the New Orleans Saints. In those two games, Minshew threw for 629 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions.
The Washington State product was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the sixth round of the 2019 NFL Draft. He ended up starting 12 of 14 games played in his rookie season after Nick Foles was injured in the season opener, and completed 60.6 percent of his passes for 3,271 yards, 21 touchdowns and six interceptions while going 6-6.
The Colts are of course resetting after a disappointing 4-12-1 campaign that saw the firing of head coach Frank Reich. After Matt Ryan’s exit, the Colts only have Foles and Sam Ehlinger on the quarterback roster.
Indianapolis holds the third overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft and is expected to select its quarterback of the future. Kentucky’s Will Levis, Florida’s Anthony Richardson and Ohio State’s CJ Stroud are the three flaggers our CBS Sports NFL Draft experts are currently picking the Colts on opening night next month.