The Indianapolis Colts today signed exclusive rights free agent outside linebacker Justin Hickman to a contract extension and promoted Brad White to assistant linebackers coach.
Hickman has appeared in 12 games for his career and has totaled 14 tackles (six solo) and three special teams stops. He did not compete in any games in 2013 after being placed on Injured Reserve on August 14, 2013. Hickman was originally signed by the Colts as a free agent on February 9, 2012 after spending time in the Canadian Football League. In three seasons with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2009-2011), he recorded 144 tackles, 27.0 sacks and three fumble recoveries. Collegiately, Hickman played three seasons at UCLA and compiled 95 tackles (60 solo), 19.5 sacks and 31 tackles for loss in 35 career games.
White spent the last two seasons (2012-13) as the team’s defensive quality control coach. In 2013, he helped coach a defense that ranked fourth in the AFC in points allowed and eighth in passing yards allowed. The Colts registered 42.0 sacks as a team in 2013, including a league-leading 19.5 from outside linebacker Robert Mathis. Indianapolis also totaled 15 forced fumbles, which ranked fourth in the NFL and second in the AFC. Inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman topped 100 tackles for the second straight year (169) and posted career highs in sacks (5.5), forced fumbles (six), fumble recoveries (two), interceptions (two) and passes defensed (six).
In 2012, White assisted a defense that registered 32.0 sacks, 12 interceptions and allowed a 38.1 third down conversion percentage, which ranked eighth in the AFC. The Colts defense returned four interceptions for touchdowns, which was tied for the most in a single season in franchise history. White helped the development of 19 different starters on the defensive side of the ball, including Freeman who joined the team from the CFL during the offseason and set a franchise record for tackles in a season (203).
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