Indianapolis Colts waive Canadian tight end Nikola Kalinic

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The Indianapolis Colts have waived Canadian tight end Nikola Kalinic.

The six-foot-four, 245-pounder dressed for seven games with the club this past season, recording one kickoff return for 15 yards. He was waived by the team after training camp and signed to the practice roster. In mid-November, he was promoted to the active roster.

The Colts selected tight end Will Mallory out of Miami in the fifth round of the 2023 NFL Draft. Indianapolis also signed six-year NFL veteran Pharaoh Brown in free agency, giving him a one-year, $1.08 million contract.

Kalinic was selected in the second round of the 2019 CFL Draft out of York University. He dressed for 30 games over two seasons with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2019, 2021) and recorded 23 receptions for 192 yards and two touchdowns.

At the 2019 CFL Combine, Kalinic recorded a 4.79-second forty-yard dash, 4.44-second shuttle, 7.44-second three-cone, 30.5-inch vertical, nine-foot, four-inch broad jump, and 10 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press.

The Toronto native appeared in 31 games in four seasons (2015-18) at York and caught 38 passes for 416 yards and two touchdowns. He became the first player in school history to be named to the OUA all-star team twice in one season — once on offence and once on special teams.

Kalinic signed with the Colts in January 2022 after working out with a number of teams including the Tennessee Titans, New Orleans Saints, Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers, New York Giants, and Colts.