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Colts owner Jim Irsay said Andrew Luck's contract extension will be "a shocking number."

"It's going to be a shocking number," said Irsay. "Nine figures and probably a $20 million starting point per year." $20 million a year for Luck wouldn't be all that 'shocking,' especially considering some of the deals signed by lesser quarterbacks like Joe Flacco and Colin Kaepernick in recent years. But Irsay's message is crystal clear: Luck isn't going anywhere. Entering the last year of his rookie deal, the Colts would be wise to lock Luck up this offseason. The 26-year-old could be headed for the largest contract in NFL history.
Feb 12 - 3:20 PM

The Indianapolis Star expects the Colts to let CB Greg Toler walk in free agency.

A 2013 free agent addition, Toler had a volatile three-year stint in Indy. He missed six games with knee and neck issues last season, and wasn't very effective when on the field. Toler turned 31 last month.
Feb 11 - 10:00 PM

The Indianapolis Star expects the Colts to re-sign free agent Coby Fleener.

Both Fleener and Dwayne Allen are free agents, but reporter Zak Keefer believes Fleener's durability and pass-catching prowess make him a more likely re-sign. Allen was primarily utilized as a blocker in 2015, and has a long injury history. New OC Rob Chudzinski is known for featuring tight ends. Fleener has largely been a disappointment in the pros, but his fantasy stock would trend directly upward were he re-signed and Allen allowed to walk. The Colts should resume playing aggressive, pass-first offense in 2016 with Andrew Luck back healthy.
Feb 11 - 9:52 PM

Free agent Matt Hasselbeck is "strongly leaning" toward playing in 2016.

It's a bit surprising after 40-year-old Hasselbeck got beaten to smithereens in 2015. Hasselbeck was reasonably effective for a backup when he took the field, but highly prone to injury. He has zero arm strength downfield. Even if Hasselbeck officially decides to return, the Colts would do well to search for an upgrade behind Andrew Luck.
Feb 11 - 9:20 PM

The Indianapolis Star expects Dwayne Allen to depart in free agency.

Allen was used extensively as a blocker in 2015, drawing only 29 targets. He caught all of 16 passes after scoring eight touchdowns in 2014. Per reporter Zak Keefer, Allen's "frustration was evident." For what it's worth, Allen has said he'd like to re-sign with the Colts, though ESPN's Mike Wells also considers it unlikely. New OC Rob Chudzinski frequently features tight ends, so the Colts will likely at least make a reasonable attempt to keep Allen.
Feb 11 - 8:00 PM

The Indianapolis Star's Zak Keefer believes DE Arthur Jones will be back with the Colts.

Jones' time in Indy has been a nightmare. He has played just nine games since signing a five-year, $33 million deal prior to the 2014 season and was limited in most of those. He missed all of 2015 after tearing ligaments in his ankle in the preseason. Jones is only 29, however, and can be a rock in the running game when healthy. He will count $5.6 million against the cap in 2016.
Feb 11 - 10:10 AM

The Indianapolis Star's Zak Keefer believes cutting OLB Trent Cole is an "easy call" for the Colts.

Cole recorded just three sacks after signing a two-year, $14 million deal last offseason. Cutting Cole will save $6.125 million against the cap. The Colts need to find some edge rushers this offseason.
Feb 11 - 10:02 AM

The Indianapolis Star's Zak Keefer considers it "likely" the Colts release Andre Johnson.

The Colts were lauded for their signing of Johnson last offseason following his release from the division-rival Texans, but apparently Houston knew something most of us didn't; Johnson was done or close to it. Now going on age 35 and coming off a horrific 41-503-4 line, Johnson may be one-and-done in Indy. The Colts can save $5 million against the cap by releasing Johnson. They can move forward with T.Y. Hilton, Donte Moncrief, and Phillip Dorsett.
Feb 10 - 11:13 AM

Frank Gore said the 967 yards he rushed for this past season were the "toughest 967 I got" in his entire career.

It was the first time in five seasons that Gore failed to reach 1,000 yards. Many will cite Gore's age (33 in May) as the reason for his decline, but the Colts' offensive line was flat-out awful. It nearly got Andrew Luck and Matt Hasselbeck killed in pass protection, and the group opened microscopic holes in the running game. In Football Outsiders' DVOA, the Colts fielded the 27th-ranked run-blocking line. Gore should return as the starter in 2016 and could have a sneaky bounce back if GM Ryan Grigson adds talent up front.
Feb 10 - 11:07 AM

Free agent K Adam Vinatieri confirms he'll return for a 21st season in 2016.

"Not only a season, but lord willing, a couple of years," Vinatieri said. "There will come a time when it’s over for me. I don’t think that time is yet. I enjoy playing." The Colts have already said they'd like to re-sign Vinatieri, who remains one of the league's best kickers. Vinatieri will undoubtedly require a raise on the $2.5 million he averaged the past two years. Vinatieri turned 43 in December.
Feb 9 - 1:23 PM

Colts RE Henry Anderson (knee) isn't expected to be ready for Week 1.

Anderson is three months removed from ACL surgery. He'll miss the entire offseason and is questionable for training camp. Anderson could open 2016 on PUP if he has any setbacks. Anderson's availability is crucial for the Colts after he was one of the NFL's top defensive rookies in the first half of 2015.
Source: colts.com
Feb 6 - 3:08 PM

In-house reporter Kevin Bowen expects the Colts to upgrade on NT David Parry.

Parry started all 16 games as a rookie, but graded as one of the worst defensive tackles in the league. His struggles were a large part of Indy’s bottom-ten run defense. The Colts should bring in heavy 2016 competition for Parry.
Source: colts.com
Feb 6 - 2:39 PM

Colts restricted free agent TE Jack Doyle is expected to have a bigger role in 2016.

With one of Dwayne Allen/Coby Fleener not expected back, Doyle’s the in-house favorite to return as the No. 2 tight end. He’s been limited to 30 percent of snaps over the last three years in a blocking role. The Colts are a heavy two TE offense, but could run more three-wide sets in their first full season under Rob Chudzinksi.
Source: colts.com
Feb 3 - 5:30 PM

Colts.com’s Kevin Bowen could see Josh Freeman and/or Ryan Lindley as Andrew Luck’s backup in 2016.

It suggests the Colts might not re-sign Matt Hasselbeck if he doesn’t retire. Freeman and Lindley weren’t terrible during Week 17 spot duty, but would leave the Colts with one of the worst backup situations in the league. Re-signing Hasselbeck shouldn’t require more than the $3 million he made in 2015.
Source: colts.com
Feb 3 - 5:21 PM

The Colts want to re-sign free agent K Adam Vinatieri.

"We’d like to retain Adam and I think we’re hopeful we’ll be able to," owner Jim Irsay said Tuesday. Even at age 43, Vinatieri remained one of the NFL's top kickers in 2015, nailing 25-of-27 field goal tries. Vinatieri figures to command a raise on the two-year, $5 million pact he inked in 2014.
Feb 2 - 6:01 PM


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