Colts retain Le’Raven Clark, lose Joe Haeg; Ebron inks deal with Pittsburgh

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Joe Haeg

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Indianapolis Colts’ offensive line depth is coming into focus.

Friday, Joe Haeg relocated to Tampa Bay with a two-year, $2.3 million contract. Shortly thereafter, Le’Raven Clark re-signed with the Colts, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. The deal was first announced by NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.

Clark automatically becomes the Colts’ most experienced backup on the offensive line.

Haeg departs after appearing in 55 games and starting 35 in four seasons. Clark, a 2016 third-round draft pick, has appeared in 35 games with 12 starts, but hasn’t stepped on the field since the 2018 season.

The Colts started the same offensive line combination in all 16 games last season for the first time since 2000, and that relegated Clark to a non-participant’s status.

The team re-signed left tackle Anthony Castonzo to a two-year, $33 million extension earlier this week, ensuring the ’19 starting unit would be back intact. But depth remains an issue.

The current depth chart includes: Clark, Javon Patterson, Chaz Green, Travis Vornkahl Jake Eldrenkamp, Cedrick Lang, Andrew Donnal and Brandon Hitner.

Donnal has appeared in 31 games with six starts, none 2016 when he started four games with the Rams. Green has appeared in 22 games with seven starts, the most recent one start with the Raiders in 2018. The other six starts were with Dallas in 2016-17.

The other backups have yet to play in a regular-season game.

Ebron on the move

The next stop in Eric Ebron’s NFL journey: Pittsburgh.

After two bittersweet seasons with the Colts, the veteran tight end has agreed to a two-year, $12 million free-agent contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Ebron relocated from Detroit to Indy in 2018 with a two-year, $15 million contract. He earned his first Pro Bowl appearance in ’18 with 66 receptions, 750 yards, 13 receiving touchdowns – but his effectiveness waned last season. He finished with 31 catches, 375 yards and three TDs in 11 games before being placed on IR with ankle issues.

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