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Hunt signs with Colts, Burkhead to Patriots

The Indianapolis Colts have signed free agent defensive end Margus Hunt, formerly of the Bengals. (WKRC/Tony Tribble)

CINCINNATI (AP/WKRC) - The Indianapolis Colts have signed free agent defensive end Margus Hunt, formerly of the Bengals.

Terms of the deals were not immediately available, but various reports have it as a 2-year contract.

Hunt was Cincinnati's second-round pick in 2013 and played in 44 games, with 26 tackles, 1 1/2 sacks and three passes defensed. The 6-foot-8, 295-pound Hunt also blocked three kicks. He becomes the fourth defensive free agent Indy has signed since Thursday.

Late on Tuesday afternoon, the New England Patriots signed Rex Burkhead.

The Bengals drafted Burkhead in the sixth round out of Nebraska in 2013. He appeared in all 16 regular-season games each of the past two seasons. He rushed for 344 yards and two touchdowns for the Bengals in 2016. He also caught 17 passes for 145 yards last season.

Burkhead also has 27 special teams tackles in his career, including consecutive 10-plus tackle seasons with 11 in 2015 and 12 in 2016.

Burkhead is expected to be used primarily on special teams for the Patriots and could be a replacement for Brandon Bolden, who is an unrestricted free agent.

Cincinnati still has Jeremy Hill entering the final year of his rookie contract and has significant money sunk into Giovani Bernard, who is coming off surgery to repair a torn ACL.

It's not like the tandem wasn't productive last season. They combined to average 134.8 yards per game from scrimmage, which was more than they averaged in 2015 (129.6 yards per game), but less than they averaged in 2014 (162.6 yards per game).


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