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Free agent Reggie Wayne recently underwent triceps surgery and is mulling whether to play or retire.

36 years old and having lost his effectiveness, Wayne would command no more than minimum-salary offers if he did decide to play one more season. He tore his ACL in 2013 and his triceps in 2014. The Colts would be better off moving forward with Donte Moncrief as the "X" receiver to T.Y. Hilton's Z.
Feb 27 - 4:26 PM

Colts re-signed QB Matt Hasselbeck to a one-year, $3 million contract.

Seven months shy of his 40th birthday, Hasselbeck is returning for a third year of backing up Andrew Luck. Hasselbeck had appeared a candidate for retirement, as he actually called a game for FOX during the Colts' bye week last season. The longtime Seahawks starter has attempted just 56 passes the past two seasons, and appeared slight when on the field. He'd likely be a disaster if forced into extended action, but the Colts clearly value his veteran "presence."
Feb 26 - 7:36 PM

Colts GM Ryan Grigson indicated at the Combine that he's unsure of free agent Reggie Wayne's desire to keep playing.

Wayne's performance fell off a cliff in 2014 as he attempted to return from a torn ACL at age 36. He had a negative impact on Indianapolis' offense. Grigson acknowledged Wayne still means a lot "to the organization," but his future is "up in the air." We would not expect Wayne back in Indy.
Feb 19 - 2:40 PM

T.Y. Hilton has re-hired Drew Rosenhaus as his agent.

Andrew Luck is the more ballyhooed Colt entering the final year of his rookie contract, but Hilton was the home run hit by GM Ryan Grigson in the third round of that 2012 draft. He's under contract for just one more season and eligible for an extension. Despite his small stature, Hilton can play on the outside much like Mike Wallace. The Colts may lock up both Luck and Hilton this offseason. Luck will be top priority. Hilton will likely be looking for close to $10 million annually.
Feb 17 - 9:47 PM

Sources tell the Indianapolis Star Trent Richardson's absence from the Colts' walk-through and team flight before the AFC Championship Game was due to "serious complications" with his girlfriend's pregnancy.

Per the sources, T-Rich's girlfriend was "experiencing contractions and appeared to be in premature labor at just 28 weeks of pregnancy." That would certainly be a valid reason to miss a walk-through, but sources say T-Rich didn't alert the team in a "timely manner." It's an important issue, as Richardson's resulting suspension means his fully guaranteed $3.184 million for 2015 could be voided. If the Colts take that step, they'll undoubtedly have a fight on their hands.
Feb 17 - 7:36 PM

Robert Mathis' (Achilles') agent denies he suffered a setback, and still hopes he'll be ready for OTAs.

We're not sure who to believe, but even if this report is true, it's way too early for the Colts to count on Mathis being available for OTAs. Mathis turns 34 in 10 days, and Achilles' tears are very tough to recover from. Don't expect Mathis to be the same player we saw in 2013 when he recorded an NFL-best 19.5 sacks.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 16 - 3:04 PM

Colts OLB Robert Mathis suffered a slight setback while rehabbing his Achilles' tear.

Mathis originally blew out his Achilles' in early September. It's a massive injury, especially for a player that will turn 34 next week. He certainly doesn't need any complications. We'd consider Mathis questionable for training camp. It's doubtful the five-time Pro Bowler will ever truly return to form.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 16 - 10:01 AM

WDTN in Ohio reports free agent Ahmad Bradshaw was charged with marijuana possession last week.

Bradshaw was pulled over during a traffic stop outside of Dayton, Ohio. The passenger in his car is being charged with two counts of drug possession. Entering his age-29 season and coming off injury, Bradshaw will now be subject to the personal conduct policy. His court date is scheduled for February 17. This is an obvious concern for Bradshaw's free agent stock.
Feb 13 - 6:07 PM

Sources tell ESPN's Mike Wells that Trent Richardson struggled with weight issues last season and was "difficult to get in touch with."

Listed at 225, T-Rich reportedly ballooned all the way up to 240, and was seen running sprints after practice to work on his "conditioning." The Colts were also miffed when Richardson missed the team's walk-though the day before the AFC Championship Game. That earned Richardson a two-game suspension. The Colts can void the $3.1 million in guaranteed money Richardson is owed next season, though the Players Association would probably appeal that decision. Either way, the mega-bust isn't long for Indy.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 9 - 1:40 PM

GM Ryan Grigson said knee and shoulder injuries slowed OLB Bjoern Werner down late in the year.

This smells of Grigson trying to cover up another one of his mistakes. Werner, the No. 24 overall pick in the 2013 draft, was a scratch in the AFC Championship Game after compiling just 18 quarterback hurries on 825 snaps in 2014. ESPN Colts reporter Mike Wells expects Werner to merely back up Erik Walden in 2015.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 9 - 11:13 AM

Duron Carter's three-year contract with the Colts included no signing bonus.

Cris' son did get a $25,000 base salary guarantee for 2015, but came up empty handed after originally spreading word he'd seek a signing bonus of $100,000 on the reserve/future "market." It's fair to wonder if Carter failed to impress during team workouts, or if there is still concern about his attitude. The Colts could essentially cut Carter without batting an eye.
Feb 6 - 2:11 PM

Colts hired Jim Hostler as WRs coach.

It's one of the more desirable position coach jobs out there. Hostler will get to coach current stud T.Y. Hilton and be tasked with bringing up potential studs in Donte Moncrief and Duron Carter. Hostler was the 49ers' OC in 2007 before being fired after one season. Frank Gore publicly laid into Hostler that year for horrid play calling and league-worst offense.
Feb 6 - 8:41 AM

Colts ILB D'Qwell Jackson was arrested for assault in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday night.

Jackson allegedly punched a pizza delivery boy in the face and in the back of the head in a fight over a parking spot. You can't make this stuff up. Jackson is being charged with simple assault. The Colts are on a record pace for off-field issues and have become the new Bengals. Jackson, 31, started all 19 games for the Colts this past season, playing over 1000 snaps. He was flamed in coverage. Jackson signed a four-year, $22 million deal with the Colts last March.
Feb 4 - 10:21 AM

Colts signed OG Ben Heenan.

Two days shy of his 25th birthday, Heenan has spent the past three years with the CFL's Saskatchewan Roughriders. Heenan played both guard and tackle north of the border, but will start out at guard in the NFL. He could eventually get a shot at center. Both positions were trouble spots for the Colts in 2014.
Feb 3 - 6:20 PM

Colts signed WR Duron Carter.

The deal was agreed to last week, but was made official on Monday. Carter (6-foot-4, 205) is being talked about like a potential future star, but we really need to scale back expectations. It's extremely unusual for top-flight prospects to spend two years in Canada, even if they have off-field issues like Carter. (Carter isn't a top-flight prospect.) But the landing spot couldn't be better in an Andrew Luck-quarterbacked offense. Carter isn't a lid-lifter who will take the top off a defense; he's a long strider who wins with strong hands and good size. He'll compete for a job this summer with long-term starter potential at the Z spot.
Feb 2 - 6:40 PM


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