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The Colts made a trade today and announced that restricted free agent offensive lineman Jeff Linkenbach has signed his one-year qualifying offer. In the trade, Indianapolis sent reserve defensive end Clifton Geathers to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for former USC fullback Stanley Havili (6-0, 245, 25 yrs. old).
At Southern California, Havili was relatively productive for a fullback, compiling 1290 receiving yards, 509 rushing yards, and 15 touchdowns, an average of about 35 yards from scrimmage per game (52 games, 48 starts). Last year, with the Eagles, Havili managed 6 rushes for 22 yards and a touchdown, 7 receptions for 43 yards, and 7 tackles (He played special teams, but the Eagles did turn the ball over quite a bit, too). His most important contribution in the 15 games he played was helping pave the way for Eagles running backs LeSean McCoy and Bryce Brown, who combined for 1404 rushing yards last year.
Havili is an athletic fullback who can snag passes out of the backfield and gain yards after the catch with a combination of surprising speed and the kind of nasty streak you’d expect from a fullback. Although we don’t know how much the team plans to us a lead blocker, Ryan Grigson sounded like a GM who had just gotten exactly what he wanted.
From the Colts’ media release:
“Stanley fills an immediate need for us at the fullback position and provides us with a solid option in our new offensive scheme,” said General Manager Ryan Grigson. “His speed, explosion, and hard-nosed playing style are his main strengths, but he also possesses sound blocking and receiving skills. Stanley had a very productive career at USC and gained valuable experience as a starting fullback and special teams contributor for Philadelphia last year. The Eagles in return are getting a young, very big, and strong player in Clif Geathers that can play every defensive line position to fill a need moving forward in their new scheme as well. We feel it’s a win-win.”
Jeff Linkenbach (6-6, 323, 25 yrs. old) was an undrafted free agent in 2010 out of the University of Cincinnati. He has started 28 games for the Colts, playing every position along the line in 48 total career games. Linkenbach is primarily a tackle, and his most likely role will be as an experienced backup behind LT Anthony Costanzo and RT Gosder Cherilus.
Linkenbach will join CB Cassius Vaughn, NT Martin Tevaseu, OG Joe Reitz, and CB Darius Butler as recently re-signed Colts players (Fili Moala is returning as well, but his was technically a contract extension).
Stick with us for more updates as we continue to monitor the drawn out Darrius Heyward-Bey situation and any other developments with the team as we move closer to the NFL Draft.
There aren’t many highlights for an NFL Lead Blocker, but here are some highlights from Stanley Havili’s senior season at USC:
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Happy to get a FB, especially one who supposedly has pretty good hands. No idea if the guy is any good, but really like the idea of the trade. Also, fans love a good, hard-nosed FB. I can just imagine the Luke ringing out to chants of "Stan, Stan, Stan!" as he slips out of the backfield for a 2-yard TD catch.
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, not Geathers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Kidding, I know nothing about Geathers.
(But i did find Grigson's comments "interesting". I know he came from the Eagles and I'm sure he still has friends there... still not sure if it is up to him to talk up the "trade" as a good thing for the Eagles as well.)
Nice to get some insight on a guy I never heard of. So my critique of him. First, no, well, I got nothin'.
@ColtsAuth_Kyle a lot of depth moves nothing more
NFL.com is suggesting DHB will sign with the Lions.
"It's very appealing," Heyward-Bey said Wednesday, according to mlive.com. "Number one, (Stafford) is a great guy. I've known him since we were coming out in the draft. We worked out in Arizona together. Just the ability of him to throw the ball and how smart he is, and coach lets him do his thing back there."
If so, taking Hopkins at #24 is a no brainer.
@rogcohen How about Dan Klecko?? Didn't he catch a TD pass against the Patriots for the Division win? Ah I miss Danny...
@rogcohen Definitely easier to chant than "Havili." I remember them carrying a fb on the roster about 10 yrs ago named Tom Lopienski. The guy only played like 6 games. Caught a TD in a playoff game against the Chiefs, I believe. It is fun to see a big ole fullback get out there and play. Especially one with a little speed.
@DougEngland It DID sound like he was describing a different player. A friend on twitter called the trade "a proper fullback for a guy who wouldn't have made the team."
@bradicus18 I'm sure everyone is sooooo relieved that the immortal Linkenback has returned. Triumphantly. To much fanfare. There will be a parade on 56th street later. ......It was a slow day
@cwjwl It was kind of a "meh" roster move, but Nate had a press release for it. That, and everybody else was reporting it. It's a slow day ; )
I keep looking, almost embarrassingly often (because I want to report on it within an hour after it breaks), to see if there are any new developments. All I keep seeing are signs pointing toward the Lions. He and Stafford have the same agent. Seems convenient the agent set up the visits with Detroit second, giving them the advantage of making a higher offer.
But, I guess if the Lions were such an easy decision for him, DHB would already be a Lion. Also, I wonder if he would've said the same canned, polite things if any of Indy's media members had bugged him before he left.
What do you think?
Oh yeah, and I like Hopkins at 24 too if he's the BPA. And he could very well be.
@MarcusDugan I actually appreciate these articles more than 'will Luck be better than Manning' etc. type articles. Keeps me in touch with guys 45-53 on the roster!!!
@rogcohen I agree. Brings back memories if NT Tony Siragusa (Goooooose!). If they draft Hopkins, his nickname is "Nuke." In the meantime, Havili will need a nickname that mkes for a good crowd chant.
@rogcohen @bradicus18 Hahaha. And Westfield Blvd along the canal can be McAfee Avenue (too far?). Seriously, Link's certainly better at football than I'll ever be, but I do hope he doesn't have to do much starting this year. If so, I hope he fares much, much better.