Colts release P Locke

The Indianapolis Colts released veteran punter Jeff Locke on
Monday, likely turning the job over to undrafted rookie Rigoberto
Sanchez.

The team signed Locke, an unrestricted free agent, in March to a
two-year contract with $1.25 guaranteed as a replacement for Pat
McAfee, who announced his retirement in February.

Locke, 27, played in 64 games over the last four seasons (2013-16)
for the Minnesota Vikings, with a career average of 43.2 yards per
punt (38.7 net). He recorded 101 punts inside the 20-yard line for
the Vikings, who drafted him in the fifth round in 2013. Locke’s 11
preseason punts averaged 43.5 yards.

The 22-year-old Sanchez, who was signed as an undrafted free agent
out of Hawaii, has punted 10 times this preseason for the Colts,
averaging 47.2 yards. He punted twice in Saturday night’s game
against the Pittsburgh Steelers, averaging 51.5 yards.

The Colts later signed free agent safety Earl Wolff IV. The
5-foot-11, 206-pound Wolff most recently spent time with the
Washington Redskins this offseason before being waived on Aug. 3.

Wolff, 27, originally was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in
the fifth round of the 2013 draft out of North Carolina State. He
played in 18 career games (seven starts) with the Eagles, totaling
52 tackles, one interception and six passes defensed.

In 2016, Wolff spent the offseason and training camp with the
Jacksonville Jaguars before being waived. He spent the final two
weeks of the 2015 regular season on the Jaguars’ practice squad.

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