Player News - Colts

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Colts LCB Patrick Robinson is owed a $1 million roster bonus on March 14.

Signed by ex-GM Ryan Grigson to a three-year, $14 million deal last March, Robinson flopped in his first season with the Colts. He was ineffective on the field and usually not on it, missing nine games and parts of several others with groin and knee injuries, in addition to an early-season concussion. Robinson's Indianapolis future will be decided by new GM Chris Ballard.
Feb 15 - 9:33 PM

The Indianapolis Star considers free agent FS Mike Adams "unlikely" to be re-signed by the Colts.

Adams remains an effective NFL safety, but he turns 36 next month and rookie GM Chris Ballard figures to try to get younger on defense. Ballard's first move on the job was releasing over-the-hill ILB D'Qwell Jackson. Adams should draw free agent interest from contenders. He has 12 INTs over the past three years.
Feb 15 - 9:27 PM

Kevin Bowen of Colts.com suggested Indianapolis could move S Clayton Geathers to linebacker.

DC Ted Monachino seemed intrigued by the idea when asked about it during the season. "That’s an excellent question," Monachino said. "We have to find ways to continue to keep him going and being productive because he has the ability to make a bunch of plays." Geathers is a 220-pound missile who has been a solid run defender from the safety position, but durability could be a concern at linebacker after he was limited to nine games by a neck injury. For what it is worth, the Colts have needs at both linebacker and safety.
Source: colts.com
Feb 14 - 10:06 AM

Stephen Holder of The Indianapolis Star believes Colts DT Arthur Jones is "destined to be cut."

Signed to a five-year, $33-million contract in 2014, Jones has managed just 17 appearances in three seasons and has not been effective even when on the field. There is zero chance the Colts pay him $6.25 million in 2017, and it is likely they simply decide to move on.
Feb 13 - 11:06 PM

Zak Keefer of The Indianapolis Star does not expect impending free agent OLB Trent Cole to re-sign with the Colts.

The 34-year-old has said he wants to keep playing, but Keefer bluntly wrote Cole is "not coming back" to the Colts. Signed to a two-year, $16-million deal in 2015, Cole recorded just five sacks in 21 games across two seasons in Indianapolis. He did play reasonably well down the stretch after returning from in-season back surgery, however, and could help a contender as a situational pass rusher.
Feb 13 - 9:08 PM

The Indianapolis Star expects Jack Doyle to test free agency.

Doyle set career highs with a 59/584/5 line last year. The Colts want to keep him, but he’s expendable with Erik Swoope emerging and Dwayne Allen signed through 2019. Doyle shouldn't struggle for interest in a shallow tight end market.
Feb 11 - 5:11 PM

Colts P Pat McAfee announced his retirement from football.

McAfee announced he will soon begin writing for Barstool Sports. A two-time Pro Bowler, McAfee is only 29 years old but has undergone three knee surgeries in four years. Per the Indianapolis Star, McAfee had mulled retirement for "months, years even" and is "eager for the next chapter of his life." McAfee set a franchise record and led the NFL by averaging 49.3 yards per punt in 2016, but said he played in knee pain for "most of the second half of the season." McAfee doubles as a stand-up comic and has spent his free time writing screenplays and poetry. He was also openly critical of GM Ryan Grigson following Grigson's firing.
Feb 2 - 12:45 AM

New Colts GM Chris Ballard said there are "no other options" at coach than Chuck Pagano.

"Chuck Pagano is a good football coach in the National Football League," Ballard said. "Me and Chuck will make decisions together for the best interests of the Indianapolis Colts." Despite plenty of smoke about Ballard wanting to get rid of Pagano, he at least publicly is on board with retaining the coach. Coming off a ridiculously dysfunctional relationship with his last general manager, Pagano will hope the public comments match Ballard's actions behind the scenes. Even with the strong show of support, Pagano is entering a make-or-break year.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 30 - 11:05 PM

Colts signed GM Chris Ballard to a five-year contract.

The length of the deal gives Ballard a long leash, but Jim Irsay did a good job raising the hurdles in the opening press conference. "I really feel that Chris is the best candidate for general manager that's come about so far in the 21st century," Irsay said. "That's how impressed we were with him. His energy, his experience, his vision, I know that he's going to get with coach [Chuck] Pagano and the Colts are a much better football team today." Ballard faces a tough task in rebuilding a bottom-half roster, but the presence of Andrew Luck gives him a big head start.
Jan 30 - 6:15 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Colts are still expected to retain coach Chuck Pagano for 2017.

New GM Chris Ballard was hired over the weekend and will have his introductory press conference Monday afternoon where he's sure to address the Pagano situation. There was some speculation that Ballard may hire Chiefs STs coach Dave Toub as his new head coach in Indy, but that doesn't appear to be on the table. 2017 will be a make-or-break year for Pagano. He'd likely have to make the playoffs and advance pretty far in them to save his job for 2018.
Jan 30 - 11:53 AM

Colts hired Chiefs director of football operations Chris Ballard as GM.

It became abundantly clear Ballard would leave Kansas City for Indianapolis late this week. Ballard is expected to retain Chuck Pagano as head coach, although Pagano will be in a make-or-break year with Ballard reportedly targeting Chiefs special teams coach Dave Toub as soon as 2018. A longtime NFL scout, Ballard is highly regarded throughout league circles and appears to be a strong hire by owner Jim Irsay at surface level. Ballard will need to get to work on supplementing the Colts' talent base, which has sputtered for years beyond Andrew Luck and T.Y. Hilton.
Jan 29 - 6:07 PM

According to Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star, Chuck Pagano is expected to stay on as head coach regardless of who the Colts hire as their new GM.

This conflicts with rumors that lead Colts GM candidate Chris Ballard would bring on Chiefs special teams coordinator Dave Toub to replace Pagano. Ballard reportedly favors canning Pagano, but owner Jim Irsay has been adamant that Pagano will remain in his current role, at least for 2017.
Jan 29 - 11:07 AM

The Colts will bring back Chiefs director of football operations Chris Ballard for a second interview for their GM vacancy.

That interview will occur on Monday. Ballard is the first candidate to get a second interview, which makes sense considering he is reportedly the "clear favorite" for the job. Ballard also reportedly wants to get rid of coach Chuck Pagano, but owner Jim Irsay has already said Pagano will be back with the team in 2017. After getting rid of a general manager who could not get along with his coach -- or seemingly anyone -- the Colts should be wary of beginning a new regime with a rift already starting to form between the coach and the front office. If Ballard is the guy and if he really wants a new coach, Irsay might have to walk back his comments.
Jan 28 - 10:14 PM

Colts completed their first round of general manager interviews on Friday.

Current interim GM Jimmy Raye III and Packers director of football operations Eliot Wolf were the final two candidates to interview. Chiefs director of football operations Chris Ballard, Vikings assistant GM George Paton, and Seahawks co-directors of player personnel Trent Kirchner and Scott Fitterer interviewed earlier in the week. Ballard is believed to be the favorite, but the Colts are expected to bring back several candidates for second interviews.
Jan 28 - 10:57 AM

KMBC Kansas City's Steven Albritton reports Chiefs director of football operations Chris Ballard is the "clear favorite" for the Colts' GM vacancy.

Albritton also reports Ballard "wants to change the head coach," removing Chuck Pagano after Pagano was initially retained despite GM Ryan Grigson's firing. NFL Network's Mike Garafolo also referred to Ballard as the "favorite" to replace Grigson on Friday. Ballard interviewed for the Colts' GM opening on Wednesday. Ballard's roots were as an area scout in the Bears' organization, where he spent 12 years before landing in Kansas City. Ballard earned a promotion under Chiefs GM John Dorsey to director of football operations in 2015.
Jan 28 - 2:31 AM


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