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The Colts' official website believes the "arrow is pointing up" on fourth-year TE Erik Swoope.

In-house reporter Kevin Bowen believes new GM Chris Ballard "really likes" Swoope, who is currently No. 2 on the depth chart behind Jack Doyle. A 6-foot-5 former basketball player, Swoope made big plays in 2016, averaging an eye-popping 19.8 yards on his 15 receptions. He could be a preferred red zone threat in 2017.
Mar 28 - 5:08 PM

Colts coach Chuck Pagano said adding a young runner is "paramount."

Frank Gore remained reasonably effective last season, but he will turn 34 in May and is clearly trending downward. Indy did re-sign Robert Turbin earlier this month, but they need to look toward the future at the position. It will not be surprising if the Colts spend an early pick on a running back.
Mar 28 - 12:12 PM

Colts owner Jim Irsay hinted Andrew Luck (shoulder surgery) may not be fully ready for the start of training camp.

"We are not going to be rushing him," Irsay said. "We are going to make sure, if we need an extra arm in camp, as we start doing our work, we will be prepared for that." It makes perfect sense for the Colts to hold Luck out until he is 100 percent, and it sounds like that could mean he misses some time early in camp. There has been no indication Luck is in danger of missing Week 1.
Source: colts.com
Mar 27 - 7:25 PM

ESPN's Mike Wells believes it's "safe to say" Phillip Dorsett's job as the No. 3 receiver is "up for grabs" following the signing of Kamar Aiken.

Along with Aiken, Wells expects Chester Rogers to push Dorsett for snaps behind T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief. With new GM Chris Ballard running the show and having no ties to Dorsett, it's fair to wonder if the former first-round speedster could even be available for trade. Dorsett has shown glimpses in two seasons, but he's totaled just 51 catches for 753 yards and three scores while battling injuries. Aiken is probably the early favorite for the No. 3 job.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 27 - 9:56 AM

In a Wednesday conference call, newly signed WR Kamar Aiken said GM Chris Ballard told him he'll be given a fair shake to win the Colts' No. 3 receiver job.

Ballard has no ties to former first-round WR Phillip Dorsett and likely doesn't care whether he's the No. 3 or 4 wideout. Aiken was signed on Tuesday and "was told there was going to be open competition in the receiving room." Aiken also seemed legitimately salty about being phased out of the Ravens' offense in 2016 after leading the team in receiving the previous year. Dorsett has shown very little in the NFL. We wouldn't be surprised at all if Aiken wins the job.
Mar 22 - 12:59 PM

Colts signed WR Kamar Aiken, formerly of the Ravens, to a one-year contract.

Aiken led the Ravens with 944 yards on 75 catches in 2015, but he took a step back last season as the receiver corps returned to full health. With Phillip Dorsett struggling to make an impact, Aiken should slide in as the No. 3 behind T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief in Indy. Aiken is unlikely to carry much fantasy value while everyone is healthy, but he will be a name to know on the waiver wire.
Mar 21 - 8:27 AM

Colts signed TE Brandon Williams, formerly of the Seahawks.

Going on 30, the 2012 UDFA appeared in all 16 games as the No. 3 tight end for the Seahawks last season. In Indy, he'll be a body behind Jack Doyle and Erik Swoope. Williams has six career catches.
Mar 20 - 3:24 PM

Free agent TE Brandon Williams will visit the Colts.

Williams logged 149 snaps as the Seahawks' third-string tight end last season. The Colts are looking for depth behind Jack Doyle after trading Dwayne Allen to the Patriots. The 29-year-old has caught just six passes over four NFL seasons.
Mar 19 - 1:00 PM

Colts signed ILB Sean Spence, formerly of the Titans, to a one-year, $3 million contract.

The deal comes with a $750,000 signing bonus. Indy was also in the mix for Kevin Minter before he signed with Cincinnati. Spence fared poorly against the run last season but earned positive pass-coverage marks from Pro Football Focus. The Colts are remaking their linebacker corps, having added Spence, Barkevious Mingo, Jabaal Sheard and John Simon.
Mar 19 - 9:24 AM

Free agent Kamar Aiken will visit the Colts on Friday.

He'll meet with the Seahawks on Monday. Aiken got lost in the shuffle last year after leading the Ravens with 944 receiving yards in 2015. In Indy, he'd be a solid complementary option behind T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief.
Mar 17 - 11:20 AM

Colts re-signed DB Darius Butler to a one-year, $3 million contract.

With incentives, the deal carries a max value of $4.5 million. Butler flirted with the Bears and Redskins before deciding to stay put. The 30-year-old (he turns 31 Saturday) is a cornerback by trade but could be in the mix to start at free safety, where his biggest competition will come from 2016 second-round pick T.J. Green. New GM Chris Ballard has prioritized keeping talent in Indy by re-signing Jack Doyle, Robert Turbin and now Butler.
Mar 17 - 9:02 AM

Free agent DB Darius Butler is visiting the Redskins on Thursday.

Butler is gauging his market. The Colts have already said they'd like to re-sign Butler, while he also visited the Bears last Saturday. Butler can play either slot corner or safety and turns 31 this weekend.
Mar 16 - 11:37 AM
Al Woods - DL - Colts

Colts signed NT Al Woods, formerly of the Titans, to a two-year contract.

Woods was cut by the Titans last week. He played 245 snaps last season as an interior run plugger and will compete for a similar role in Indianapolis. Woods' addition could spell doom for troubled Colts NT David Parry.
Mar 16 - 11:01 AM

Free agent ILB Sean Spence visited the Colts.

It's the first team that's been linked to Spence since the start of free agency. The Colts are in the market for an inside linebacker, also visiting with Kevin Minter and Jon Bostic. Spence played just 504 snaps last year, but he is good in coverage.
Mar 15 - 6:02 PM

Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star reports the Colts are still interested in re-signing free agent DB Darius Butler.

"Don't close the door on him returning to the Colts just yet," Holder cautioned. Butler visited the Bears over the weekend, but he has not been linked with any other teams. The lack of interest could allow Indy to bring him back at a bargain.
Mar 14 - 11:08 AM


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