Colts rejects Hooker’s fifth-year option


Changed 05 May 2020, 06:30 IST

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The Indianapolis Colts on Monday rejected their fifth-year option over owner Hooker, safely opening the door to become an unregulated free agent after the 2020 NFL season.

Indianapolis picked Hooker as the 15th overall pick in 2017, with Colts general manager Chris Ballard saying at the time that he “thought Hooker was the best athlete in the draft.”

Hooker enjoyed a great start as a rookie with three interceptions in seven games, but ended his season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and a medial collateral ligament (MCL) injury to his right knee.

There were a total of four breaks in 227 games in the last two seasons after Hooker lost time due to injury.

The 24-year-old played a two-season season in 2018 with a hip injury before the Colts lost 31-13 to the City Chiefs in the AFC Division Round due to a football problem.

Hooker was sidelined for three games last season with a torn meniscus.

Hooker has 116 tackles in the 34-career regular-season for the Colts, who used their third-round pick in this year’s draft to pick Utah safety Julian Blackman.