The Colts waived backup outside linebacker Jonathan Newsome on Monday.
"I would like to thank Coach [Chuck] Pagano, Ryan Grigson, Jim Irsay and the entire Colts organization for the opportunity of a life time," Newsome said on Twitter. "I learned alot during my time here in Indianapolis, becoming a better football player and person. I have made mistakes, but ive grown."
The move comes four days after police showed up to Newsome's residence in response to a noise complaint and arrested him on the two counts of possession of marijuana, as ESPN and others have reported. It was his first arrest as a pro, but he also received a possession charge back in August of 2012 while playing at Ball State.
Newsome broke onto the scene as a fifth-round rookie in 2014, when he posted 33 tackles, 6.5 sacks and four forced fumbles to help the Colts reach the AFC Championship Game. Last season, he played in 14 games with two starts but barely saw defensive action, posting 18 tackles, one sack and one forced fumble.
"Somethings happen and I cant question God and his plan. Bottom line you have to stay the course and pray about it but never worry about it," he tweeted. "Thanks again to all of Coltsnation for rockin with me! This wont be the last time you see J New...."
The Colts also released outside linebacker Andy Studebaker on Monday. The seven-year veteran spent the past three seasons with the Colts, totaling 27 tackles.
The way we see it
It's obviously an unfortunate fall for Newsome, who had such a big rookie year only to regress sharply last season, and now this happens. He obviously has the talent to contribute, but this goes to show that back-of-the-roster guys just aren't worth a lot of trouble. Teams would rather find another role player who can avoid making headlines in the offseason.
It'll be interesting to see where Newsome gets a chance to bounce back. His talent says he should get one.