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Bjoern Werner, 2013 first-round pick, waived by Colts


The Indianapolis Colts are cutting their losses on Bjoern Werner.


The team quietly announced Tuesday it has waived the outside linebacker, who was selected with the No. 24 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. Werner finished his Colts career with 6.5 sacks, five passes defensed, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries in 38 games (16 starts).

The move was expected. Werner was a healthy scratch in six games last season and never carved out a role as a special teams presence. The Germany native and former Florida State star became dead weight on the roster. The Colts don't get much salary-cap relief with the move, but they still decided it was best to sever ties.

Mark it down as another demerit on the file of general manager Ryan Grigson. After making the no-brainer decision to draft Andrew Luck first overall in 2012, Grigson whiffed on Werner and Trent Richardson (acquired from the Browns in exchange for a first) in back-to-back years. Phillip Dorsett, last year's first-round selection, stumbled out of the gate with just 18 catches as a rookie.

If Grigson doesn't get next month's first-round pick right, it's hard to imagine him getting another shot at it. Then again, we thought the same thing last year.


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