Player News - Colts

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Colts re-signed K Adam Vinatieri to a one-year, $3.625 million contract.

Vinatieri had made it clear he wanted to return for his 23rd season, so it was really only a matter of time. The future Hall of Famer will enter the season just 57 points behind Morten Andersen on the All-Time points list, a gap he should be able to close if he stays healthy -- he notched 109 last season.
Feb 22 - 11:27 AM

Andrew Luck (shoulder) has begun throwing weighted footballs and is reportedly "full steam ahead" for 2018.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport went as far as to say Luck's shoulder is "fine," and that the problems now involve "parts around Luck's shoulder," which to us just confirms Luck's throwing arm remains problematic. It's worth remembering that at this time last year the Colts were promising Luck would be ready for Week 1, and even activated him from the PUP list last September, giving off the impression he'd at last play at some point in the first six games. He wound up never playing a snap.
Feb 21 - 8:37 PM

CBS Indianapolis' Mike Chappell doesn't expect the Colts to re-sign impending free agent Frank Gore.

Gore turns 35 in May and is unlikely to have much of a market. He's clearly on the 18th hole of his decorated career and is trying to hang on for a chance at a Super Bowl. That's not going to happen in Indianapolis right now. Chappell guesses Gore's hometown Dolphins could be interested in him. The Colts are fully expected to use a high pick -- possibly No. 3 overall -- on a running back.
Feb 21 - 2:32 PM

NBC Indianapolis' Bob Kravitz reports the Colts and impending free agent K Adam Vinatieri are "closing in" on a one-year contract.

The 45-year-old said after the season he intended to keep playing, and it always made sense for both sides to hammer out a new deal. Vinatieri went 29-of-34 on field goals last season and was 11-of-13 from 40-plus yards out.
Feb 21 - 10:30 AM

Speaking in a Tuesday interview, Andrew Luck (shoulder) insisted he does not need another operation.

"That is not an option for me right now," Luck said. "That ship has sailed as far as I'm concerned. Which is a relief, I'm not going to lie." Luck was speaking in a pre-recorded interview at a Colts "town hall." Skeptics could latch onto the "right now" in Luck's statement, but he seems to genuinely believe he won't need to go back under the knife. His comments come the same day coach Frank Reich said the team is "hopeful" Luck will participate in OTAs. Luck also said he was "in the middle of sort of a little bit of throwing" and plans to soon progress to "heavier throwing."
Feb 20 - 7:31 PM

New Colts coach Frank Reich is "hopeful" Andrew Luck (shoulder) will be ready to throw in OTAs in April.

We've learned not to put much stock in the Colts' "hopes" for Luck's surgically-repaired shoulder but it's still better than the alternative. There figures to be dozens of updates on Luck's progress, or lack thereof, between now and training camp. The smartest thing to do is to consider Luck questionable for Week 1 until genuine signs of progress are demonstrated.
Feb 20 - 6:11 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports impending free agent Adam Vinatieri plans to continue his career in 2018.

Vinatieri basically said as much last month, but the report confirms he has not changed his mind. The veteran said he would like to return to the Colts, but he sounded like he is also open to a move. Vinatieri has spent the last 12 seasons in Indianapolis after spending 10 seasons with the Patriots.
Feb 20 - 12:25 PM

Colts hired Patriots assistant special teams coach Raymond Ventrone as special teams coordinator.

Indy was at least able to lure one coach out of Foxboro. "Bubba" was a dynamic special teamer in his playing days, which spanned nearly a decade, and jumped right into a coaching gig with New England in 2015.
Feb 16 - 9:35 AM

New Colts coach Frank Reich has pledged to have a "strong element of no huddle" in his offense.

"We will be a multiple, attack, uptempo offense," Reich said. "We will be aggressive." It's fairly boilerplate — when was the last time a new coach pledged to be conservative on offense? — but the no-huddle element is intriguing. Many coaches still seem unduly wary of the no huddle, even when it works well for their offense. It's typically a boon for quarterbacks, and surely would be for Andrew Luck. Reich also insisted he was not concerned with Luck's slow recovery from shoulder surgery.
Feb 13 - 4:09 PM

Colts hired Chargers WRs coach Nick Sirianni as offensive coordinator.

Sirianni has spent time as both a QBs and WRs coach at the NFL level for the Bolts. The 36-year-old is an out-of-the-box hire, but that's to be expected at this stage of the hiring process. It was either new coach Frank Reich go with a riser like Sirianni or employ a retread of Darrell Bevell's ilk. We like the Sirianni choice after he and Reich worked together in San Diego. Sirianni has seen wideouts like Keenan Allen and Tyrell Williams blossom under his tutelage in recent years.
Feb 12 - 9:17 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Chargers expect WRs coach Nick Sirianni to land the Colts' offensive coordinator job.

Sirianni was given permission to interview for the job on Sunday, and it sounds like that meeting is just a formality. Sirianni worked under new Colts coach Frank Reich with the Chargers.
Feb 12 - 8:41 AM

MMQB’s Albert Breer reports the Colts have requested to interview Chargers WRs coach Nick Sirianni for their offensive coordinator vacancy.

Sirianni's coaching career started with Todd Haley and the Chiefs in 2009 as an offensive quality control coach. He moved to the Chargers after the 2012 season, working as their quality control and quarterbacks coach, moving to WR coach in 2016. He worked alongside Colts newly-appointed head coach Frank Reich during his time with the Chargers.
Feb 11 - 7:41 PM

Colts hired Eagles OC Frank Reich as head coach.

It's a five-year contract. Eagles coach Doug Pederson has now lost both his coordinator and quarterbacks coach after upsetting the Patriots in the Super Bowl. The Chargers' offensive coordinator from 2014-15 before heading to Philadelphia, Reich is a solid hire. He was a big part of the Eagles' offensive success in 2017. The Colts have hired a talented coaching staff so far and will look to add an offensive coordinator in the ensuing weeks. Andrew Luck's health remains the Colts' biggest question mark heading into 2018.
Feb 11 - 3:20 PM

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports Eagles OC Frank Reich "has emerged as the favorite" for the Colts' head coaching vacancy.

Understandably following the Josh McDaniels fiasco, no one is going to report Reich has been hired until the ink is dry, but Mortensen's wording makes it sound like the two sides are just working out contract details. Especially considering the circumstances, Reich is a quality hire who has done good work both with the Chargers and Eagles. This would be his first head coaching job.
Feb 11 - 12:49 PM

The Colts are moving OLB Jabaal Sheard to defensive end.

This became obvious after the Colts hired DC Matt Eberflus, who runs a 4-3 scheme. Sheard had 5.5 sacks last year and should benefit from the move to end. The Colts need to find a true pass rusher to bookend with Sheard.
Feb 10 - 7:06 PM


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