Player News - Colts

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The Colts have requested interviews with Vikings assistant GM George Paton and Seahawks co-directors of player personnel Trent Kirchner and Scott Fitterer for their general-manager vacancy.

In-house candidate Jimmy Raye III is also in the running for the position. Paton is viewed as the favorite for the 49ers' GM spot after Kirchner and Fitterer bowed out of the running earlier in the process. Andrew Luck's presence as a young franchise QB on a long-term deal is very appealing.
Jan 23 - 11:53 AM

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Colts brought in a psychologist last year for coach Chuck Pagano and former GM Ryan Grigson to work through some of their issues.

One source compared the sessions to marriage counseling. The Colts tried their best to ease the hostility between Pagano and Grigson but in the end, the relationship couldn't be saved. Owner Jim Irsay finally fired Grigson on Saturday, dissolving what had been a five-year partnership. Pagano reportedly has a much better relationship with VP of Football Operations Jimmy Raye III, who is expected to replace Grigson as the full-time GM. Regardless of who succeeds Grigson, Pagano will be entering a must-win season in 2017.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 22 - 11:03 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Jimmy Raye III has emerged as the "clear favorite" to take over as the Colts' full-time GM.

Raye was installed as the team's interim GM after Ryan Grigson was let go on Saturday and it seems like only a matter of time until his "interim" label is removed. He's already on the books for an interview and is reportedly a favorite of coach Chuck Pagano. Raye has served as the Colts' VP of Football Operations since 2013. He's the son of former NFL offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye II.
Jan 22 - 8:54 AM

Colts owner Jim Irsay said Chuck Pagano will return in 2017.

"I hope Chuck can be our coach for many years to come. He is our coach," Irsay said. This confirms previous reports. The Colts are keeping Pagano for another year after firing GM Ryan Grigson. Coming off consecutive eight-win seasons, Pagano needs to make the playoffs to avoid getting fired.
Jan 21 - 5:56 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports coach Chuck Pagano's job is "believed to be safe."

Owner Jim Irsay made a run at Jon Gruden and has been looking at other coaches for weeks. The Colts fired GM Ryan Grigson but it sounds like Pagano will get another year. Pagano has been on the hot seat the last two seasons and is entering a make-or-break 2017. The Colts haven't made the playoffs since 2014.
Jan 21 - 3:47 PM

Colts GM Ryan Grigson said he "definitely" wants to re-sign impending free agent TE Jack Doyle.

This, of course, assumes Grigson will still be the general manager, but it looks like he is safe at this point. Doyle had a breakout 2016, hauling in 59 passes for 584 yards and five touchdowns. All three numbers eclipsed his career totals entering the year. Doyle is not the type of dynamic receiving threat which commands big dollars on the open market, but he should be looking for more than the three-year, $13-million deal Brent Celek landed last January.
Jan 21 - 10:01 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Andrew Luck (shoulder surgery) should be ready for "a full return" in six months.

Luck underwent surgery on a lingering shoulder injury after the season. RapSheet reports he should be able to resume throwing in three months and return to full practice by mid-July. It looks like Luck will miss most if not all of the offseason program, but he should be ready for training camp. His Week 1 availability is not in doubt.
Jan 19 - 11:18 AM

Andrew Luck underwent surgery on his troublesome right (throwing) shoulder following the season.

The news comes from owner Jim Irsay, who had previously said Luck would not need surgery to fix the issue which has "lingered since 2015." Luck did not miss any games, but he was consistently limited in practice. Getting it fixed properly seems like the right call, although it likely will force Luck to miss most of the offseason program and perhaps some of training camp. Irsay did say Luck "will be ready" for Week 1.
Jan 19 - 8:51 AM

Colts P Pat McAfee will undergo knee surgery this offseason.

McAfee made the announcement while explaining why he will skip the Pro Bowl. The punter was able to play through the injury for much of the season, so he is likely looking at no more than a scope. He should be fine for training camp.
Jan 14 - 1:17 PM

Colts signed CFL pass rusher Alex Bazzie to a reserve/future contract.

Bazzie went undrafted out of Marshall in 2014. He's spent the past three seasons toiling in the CFL and piled up 11 sacks for the B.C. Lions this past year. He was recently worked out by the Bengals, but signed with the Colts instead. Bazzie was listed at 6-foot-2, 244 at his 2014 Pro Day, but he reportedly weighs under 230 pounds now. He's a project for a desperate defense.
Jan 9 - 4:11 PM

Sporting News' Alex Marvez reports Colts coach Chuck Pagano will keep his job for 2017.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport adds that GM Ryan Grigson will also be back. Owner Jim Irsay has been dead silent on the issue all week, and neither Pagano nor Grigson said much of anything at the end-of-season press conference, suggesting they weren't sure. Rumors were swirling all over #ColtsTwitter that Peyton Manning had met with Irsay about a John Elway-type job as the Colts GM and top executive, but Manning apparently isn't ready to take on the personnel role. Maybe he will be next year. Pagano has a 49-31 record as the Colts' head man, but has finished 8-8 in back-to-back seasons and failed to make the playoffs in each. Grigson needs to find him more talent.
Jan 6 - 9:14 AM

A Colts source tells ESPN's Mike Wells the team has remained "eerily quiet" on coach Chuck Pagano's status even internally.

GM Ryan Grigson's status seems to be up in the air, as well. Pagano hosted an extremely awkward press conference on Monday where he acknowledged he had yet to speak to owner Jim Irsay about his future. Both Pagano and Grigson are reportedly going about their business as usual this week, but until Irsay makes a statement, speculation will run rampant. The Colts have missed the playoffs in back-to-back years for the first time since 1997-98.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 5 - 7:42 PM

Impending free agent DB Darius Butler said he's ready to transition full-time to safety.

Butler received strong marks from Pro Football Focus for his coverage this season. He's long been a burn victim on the outside, but made strides this season playing closer to the middle of the field. Butler turns 31 in March. Moving to safety is a way to prolong his career as he enters his ninth year.
Jan 4 - 11:19 AM

Colts signed QB Stephen Morris, LB Lavar Edwards, WR Marcus Leak, S Stefan McClure, CB Tevin Mitchel, G Adam Redmond, and WR Tevaun Smith to reserve/future contracts.

Morris has been bouncing around the league since signing with the Jaguars as an UDFA in 2014. Edwards was a fifth-round pick of the Titans in 2013.
Jan 2 - 1:59 PM

Colts RB Jordan Todman rushed nine times for 59 yards in 2016.

Todman was in the mix for No. 2 duties in the preseason, but got passed up by Robert Turbin and Josh Ferguson. Todman arguably offered more upside than Turbin, but the Colts didn't see it that way. One month shy of his 27th birthday, Todman has 13 total touches over the past two years.
Jan 2 - 12:05 AM


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