Mingo signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Colts on Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Mingo spent last season on the Patriots after being traded from the Browns last August. The former sixth-overall pick had just 11 tackles while playing in all 16 regular season games. He'll likely be a backup linebacker for the Colts in 2017.
The Browns have Browns traded Mingo to the Patriots, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Mingo, who was selected sixth overall by the Browns in the 2013 draft, gives the Patriots another edge- rushing option, something that will come in handy with Chandler Jones no longer around and Rob Ninkovich dealing with a triceps injury.
Mingo's fifth-year contract option was not picked up by the Browns, Cleveland.com reports. Mingo has managed just seven sacks in three seasons since being the sixth overall pick in 2013, so it's no surprise that the Browns declined his option, which would have paid him around $12 million in 2017. As a result, Mingo will become an unrestricted free agent after the upcoming campaign, when he'll aim to improve his pass rushing numbers with the help of about 20 pounds of muscle added this offseason.
Mingo has bulked up from 240 pounds to 260 pounds, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports. The sixth overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Mingo showed some promise with his five-sack rookie season, but he has just two sacks in 31 games over the past two years. He'll primarily be competing with Paul Kruger and Nate Orchard for snaps at outside linebacker, but the Browns may also add more talent in the upcoming draft. Mingo apparently hopes that the added weight will help him shed the 'bust' label in the final year of his rookie contract.
Less than a month after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery, Browns linebacker Barkevious Mingo returned to practice Monday, per Ohio.com. Mingo participated in drills, but is not expected to play in the team's final preseason game. Browns coach Mike Pettie was optimistic, however, that Mingo could play in the regular season opener on Sept. 13. "I think that target is still up in the air, but it could be for the opener," he said.