The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agent punter Michael Palardy.
Palardy, 5-11, 191 pounds, most recently spent time with the Baltimore Ravens in training camp this season before being waived on August 3. Prior to Baltimore, he spent part of the 2016 offseason with the Carolina Panthers. In 2015, Palardy was with the St. Louis Rams during the offseason and training camp before being waived. He spent part of the 2014 season on the Oakland Raiders practice squad. Palardy was originally signed by the Raiders as an undrafted free agent on June 5, 2014.
Collegiately, Palardy played in 46 games at Tennessee and handled both the kicker and punter duties. He connected on 37-of-50 career field goals and his 74.0 percent conversion rate ranked third in school history. Palardy registered 117 punts for 5,024 yards and ranked second in Volunteers history with a 42.9 average per attempt. As a senior in 2013, he was one of seven players in the Football Bowl Subdivision to handle all three kicking phases and the only left-footed specialist to do all three. Palardy had 63 punts for 2,801 yards (44.5 avg.) with 33 punts inside the 20-yard line (tied for first in FBS) and 18 punts inside the 10-yard line (second-most in FBS). He converted 14-of-17 field goals and 34-of-35 PATs. Palardy received numerous honors in 2013, including SEC Coaches Second Team All-SEC, SEC Academic Honor Roll, ESPN.com First Team All-SEC and College Sports Madness Third Team All-SEC. He was named a Ray Guy Award semifinalist and was invited to the 2014 Medal of Honor Bowl.
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