The Indianapolis Colts have released Gosder Cherilus, who struggled with multiple injuries last season. ESPN reported the development, stating that the Colts tried to restructure Cherilus' deal before they released the right tackle, who started 29 games with the Colts but missed the final two weeks of the 2014 regular season and the playoffs.
Greg Diulus, Cherilus' agent, admitted that there were negotiations before the release but said his client is healthy and ready to play in the upcoming NFL season.
"We had some conversations with the Colts [during the last week], and they wanted us to do something contractually that we were not comfortable with," Diulus said via the same report. "But Gosder is very healthy, very much in shape and very much looking forward to the season."
Diulus added that he’s confident Cherilus will be able to play for another NFL team in 2015.
The 31-year-old Cherilus, who signed a five-year $34 million contract in 2013 with the Colts, suffered from various injuries to the knee, shoulder and groin last season and had offseason knee surgery. He was not able to join the team’s organized team activities and minicamp this offseason.
Cherilus, who was chosen in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft with the No. 17 overall selection, also played for the Detroit Lions from 2008 to 2012. In his NFL career, he missed just four games in the last six seasons before falling to the injury.