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Sunday, May 11, 2014
Updated: May 12, 10:13 AM ET
Colts sign Erik Swoope to play TE

By Mike Wells
ESPN.com

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Colts hope they've found the next Antonio Gates or Jimmy Graham.

The Colts on Sunday signed Erik Swoope, a former four-year basketball player at the University of Miami, to play tight end.

The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Swoope has never played organized football at any level, but he did start 27 of 110 basketball games while with the Hurricanes.

Miami congratulated Swoope on its official Twitter account:

From the hardwood to the gridiron... ERIK SWOOPE joins the Indianapolis Colts. Congrats, @eswoope21! #ProCanes pic.twitter.com/IPrGjIEsKd

- Miami Hurricanes (@MiamiHurricanes) May 11, 2014

His athleticism is what intrigues the Colts, the same way the San Diego Chargers and New Orleans Saints were interested in Gates and Graham, respectively.

Swoope was one of 19 undrafted free agents the Colts signed Sunday.