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Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Colts more physical with Cherilus at RT

By Paul Kuharsky

While the Titans grabbed guard Andy Levitre, the Indianapolis Colts also got to work on upgrading their offensive line. Multiple reports say they’ve agreed to a deal with Detroit right tackle Gosder Cherilus.

He looks to be a major upgrade over Winston Justice, who served as a stopgap at the position last season and should do a great deal to help reduce hits on Andrew Luck and create room for backs like Vick Ballard.

Here’s Scouts Inc. on Cherilus.
"Cherilus has been a mainstay along the Lions' offensive line since entering the league in 2008. He has great length with good strength and adequate athleticism for the position. He is tough to contend with if he engages with defenders early in the play, locking on and staying connected. He can be inconsistent at playing with proper pad level, which exposes his lack of recovery agility in pass protection. Cherilus has progressed each season and brings experience to the offensive line."

Mark Schlereth said on "NFL32" that Cherlius is a good, but not great player at the position, but rates as “a tackle who will beat you up.”

It’s unclear how interested the Colts were in the top two guards of the free-agent market. But  Levitre and Louis Vasquez disappeared quickly, with Levitre to Tennessee and Vasquez to Denver.

The Colts are expected to be working on adding a pass-rusher -- perhaps Cliff Avril with Paul Kruger heading to Cleveland -- and multiple defensive backs. Early reports have them tied to safety LaRon Landry of the Jets.

I’m a bit skeptical about the idea of replacing a 4-3 end like Dwight Freeney with a 4-3 end like Avril in the Colts' 3-4 front.