NFL’s Indianapolis Colts load up on former Hamilton Tiger-Cats; add Kalinic and Murray
Published January 26, 2022 at 12:48 pm
Less than a week after he was released by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats to pursue National Football League opportunities, Canadian-born Nikola Kalinic signed a contract with the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts.
The six-foot-five, 255-pound fullback and tight end played in all 14 regular-season games for the Tiger-Cats in 2021, registering 11 receptions for 86 yards and one receiving touchdown. Kalinic has played 30 regular-season games for the Ticats over two seasons (2019, 2021) after originally being selected by Hamilton in the second round, 10th overall in the 2019 Canadian Football League Draft.
We have signed TE Nikola Kalinic to a reserve/future contract.
— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) January 26, 2022
In 2018, the York University product became the first player in school history to be named to the Ontario University Athletics all-star team twice in one season. Kalinic was named OUA first-team all-star on offense and special teams. He was named OUA second-team all-star on offense in 2017.
Since the conclusion of the 2021 CFL season, Kalinic worked out for several NFL teams, including the Seattle Seahawks, New Orleans Saints, Tennessee Titans, Green Bay Packers, New York Giants, and Indianapolis Colts.
*Orders two @Colts jerseys*
— Hamilton Tiger-Cats (@Ticats) January 26, 2022
The Kalinic signing comes days after the Colts added tackle Jordan Murray to a contract.
Murray, 6-9, 325 pounds, started nine regular-season games and two postseason contests at both tackle positions with the Tiger-Cats. He participated in rookie mini-camp with the Seattle Seahawks in 2019.
Collegiately, Murray saw action in 44 games (34 starts) along the offensive line at North Texas (2015-18). He earned Conference USA All-Conference honourable mention recognition in 2016 and 2017.
Just signed tackle Jordan Murray to a reserve/future contract.. pic.twitter.com/L0bbf8Ytve
— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) January 20, 2022