Werner appears to have retired, Scott Horner of the Indy Star reports. Werner was speaking on German television and revealed that his history of knee problems has left him unable to perform at the level required by NFL teams. Although he's still just 26 years old, that reality has caused Werner to call time on his career. A first-round pick in 2013, Werner made 38 appearances for the Colts, registering 81 tackles and 6.5 sacks, before joining the Jaguars only to be released prior to this season.
Werner was released by the Jaguars on Tuesday, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports. Werner is a former first-round draft pick, but hasn't found much success in the NFL. He didn't put up stellar numbers with the Colts in his first couple seasons in the league, but he could catch on with another squad at some point.
Werner has signed with Jacksonville, Mark Long of the Associated Press reports. Werner's signing comes just over a week after he was cut by the Colts, who drafted him 24th overall in 2013. He put up low numbers in his first two seasons, combining for 68 tackles, 6.5 sacks, one forced fumble, and five passes defensed, but he dropped off almost completely in his third season, recording just 13 tackles in 10 games. A return to the quality of play of his first two years will likely only be enough to net him a backup job at defensive end with the Jaguars.
Werner was released by the Colts on Tuesday. The 24th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Werner didn't even make it to the final season of his rookie contract, notching just 81 tackles and 6.5 sacks in 38 games the past three years. Veteran outside linebackers Trent Cole and Robert Mathis may still be able to provide a decent rush on passing downs, but there's little question that the Colts need an infusion of young talent at the position.
Werner had three tackles and played 18 snaps on defense in Sunday's loss at Jacksonville. He finally got some playing time after being a healthy scratch last week. However, he's only getting time due to injuries and his future with the Colts looks bleak.