Colts Sign Former Olympic Track Star Marvin Bracy

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By: Luke Schultheis

According to The Herald Bulletin’s George Bremer, the Indianapolis Colts have signed Marvin Bracy, a former Olympic sprinter, and waived-injured wide receiver Harvey Binford in a corresponding roster move:

 sign Marvin Bracy, a former Olympic sprinter who had spring tryout with Panthers. Waive WR Harvey Binford, who would revert to IR.

The 5’11”, 195 pound track star was a member of the 2016 Summer Olympic Team, having run a 100-meter dash in 9.98 seconds at the U.S. Olympic Trials. He also won three straight U.S. National Championships at 60 meters from 2014-16.

However, Bracy isn’t ‘all speed’ with ‘no game’, as he enrolled at Florida State as a four-star recruit in the class of 2012. After being redshirted his freshman season and earning ‘Scout Team Player of the Year’ on offense, Bracy suffered a hamstring injury the following spring and decided to put his football career on hold to pursue track.

USA’s Marvin Bracy looks on after competing in the Men’s 100m Semifinal during the athletics event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 14, 2016. / AFP / Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Bracy has since decided to give football another try, having worked out at FSU’s Pro Day this past March (with a reported 4.30 forty time) and more recently, had a tryout with the Carolina Panthers in early May.

The blazing fast wideout hopeful has said that he believes that he’d be one of the fastest players in the league:

“I feel I probably would be the fastest guy in the NFL … next to John Ross,’’ said Bracy of Cincinnati Bengals first-round pick John Ross, who ran a forty time of 4.22 seconds at the NFL Combine (via ESPN’s David Newton). “That guy is pretty fast.’’

As it stands, the Colts are likely banking that Bracy’s world-class speed can make him an intriguing developmental wideout–particularly as a special teams returnman I’d imagine.

Meanwhile, to make roster room, the Colts released wide receiver Harvey Binford, who the team signed in mid-June.

Originally signed by the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent in 2016 out of Lindenwood, the 6’0″, 180 pound Binford also spent time with the Arizona Cardinals organization earlier this offseason–having spent last year’s preseason with the Packers.

Binford also played for the Arena Football League’s Philadelphia Soul in 2015-16, as he caught 24 receptions for 412 receiving yards and 7 touchdown receptions for the Soul in 2015 as a rookie. He added 2 receptions for 17 receiving yards, as well as 2 tackles this past season in 2016.

If Binford clears waivers, he will revert to the Colts injured reserve (for now).

Right now, it looks like Bracy is a longshot to make the Colts 53-man active roster as a wide receiver, as the team already features T.Y. HiltonDonte MoncriefChester Rogers, Phillip DorsettKamar Aiken, and even Quan Bray at the position.

However, if he flashes in preseason and training camp, it’s always possible the Colts could stash him on the practice squad as a developmental wide receiver/returnman going forward.

This post originally appeared on Indiana Sport Coverage. Copyright 2017.

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