Gosder Cherilus time with the Colts came to end after the team released him less than a week prior to the start of training camp. The move isn’t entirely shocking as the front office made preparations with the team’s second-year offensive line and swiss army knife, Jack Mewhort. Concern in the off season over the healing of Cherilus seemed to be one of the biggest topics, and one that apparently had some fire behind the smoke.
Cherilus started 29 games since coming over as a free agent for the Lions. The free agent signed a 5 year contract worth $34.5 million ($15.5 million guaranteed and payed already) in 2013 and was expected to be pillar on the right side of the line and help establish some consistency. However, the signing didn’t live up to the expectations, yet he at times play decent, but never the extent as when he was with the Lions.
Now, it seems that Jack Mewhort will slide over from Left Guard to Right Tackle, creating another shuffle on the line. The move while seemingly appears to be more chaos on line plauged by tinkering, may actually produce the opposite, stability. The team was hopeful that Cherilus would be back in time, now we know that he’s out and as stated Mewhort the likely starting tackle on the right-side. Maybe now the team can go into camp without having a major question mark lingering around.