65ºF

Orlando Predators defensive end Earl Okine signs contract with Indianapolis Colts

Former Florida Gators defensive end makes jump from AFL to NFL

Earl Okine
Earl Okine (Orlando Predators)

ORLANDO, Fla. – The Indianapolis Colts of the NFL have signed a contract with Orlando Predators defensive end Earl Okine. The Arena Football League placed Okine on the league exemption list.

“We are extremely proud and excited to see Earl earn a chance to compete at the NFL level,” said head coach Rob Keefe. “Earl is a player with tremendous talent who is very deserving of this opportunity. We wish him the very best as he takes the next step in his career.”

Okine played all 18 games for the Predators as a rookie in 2014 leading the team with 5.5 sacks over the year. He started nearly every game and delivered 22 tackles with 7.5 tackles for a loss, three pass breakups, three quarterback hurries, one fumble recovery and one blocked kick.

Okine played college football at the University of Florida in his native Gainesville. He appeared in 42 games and collected 27 tackles with one sack.

Prior to joining the Predators, Okine spent time with the NFL’s Houston Texans and the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League.

Okine will remain on the AFL’s Other League Exempt list during his tenure in the NFL. Should he choose to return to the Arena Football League in the future, Orlando will retain his rights.