Player News - Colts

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Colts signed TE Eric Ebron, formerly of the Lions, to a two-year contract.

Ebron can earn up to $15 million over the course of the deal; it's a nice haul for the former No. 10 overall pick who was cut by the Lions last week before his $8 million-plus salary became guaranteed. In Indy, Ebron gives the Colts a pair of capable tight ends -- along with Jack Doyle -- for new coach Frank Reich and OC Nick Sirianni, who both come from offenses in Philly and San Diego/L.A. where multiple-tight end sets were an offensive staple.
Mar 19 - 8:57 PM

Free agent Eric Ebron is visiting the Colts on Monday.

Ebron met with the Panthers on Friday, and he reportedly could visit the Patriots as well. With the first wave of free agency in the books, Ebron is easily the best tight end left on the market. The former first-round pick turns 25 in a couple weeks.
Mar 19 - 9:49 AM

Free agent TE Eric Ebron will visit the Panthers on Friday.

He will then visit the Colts and "potentially" the Patriots. Searching for a new backup to replace Ed Dickson, the Panthers hosted Luke Willson on Thursday. Carolina will be Ebron's first-known visit since his Wednesday release from the Lions.
Mar 15 - 5:55 PM

Colts signed DE Denico Autry, formerly of the Raiders, to a three-year, $17.8 million contract.

He'll earn $7 million in the first year of his deal, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Autry only started two games for Oakland last year but made his presence felt by logging a career-high five sacks while also earning a positive run-stopping grade from ProFootballFocus. He should start opposite Jabaal Sheard in Matt Eberflus' 4-3 scheme.
Mar 14 - 4:21 PM

Lions released TE Eric Ebron.

The move had to be made today before 4 PM ET if the Lions were going to save his $8 million-plus salary from becoming guaranteed. They tried to trade the enigmatic tight end but were unsuccessful. Ebron will certainly have a market and hasn't yet turned 25. Lions fans have long held a grudge against Ebron after he failed to live up to his No. 10 overall pick draft status in 2014, especially since the Lions passed on LT Taylor Lewan, WR Odell Beckham, and DT Aaron Donald, who were selected consecutively at Nos. 11-13. The Lions now need a tight end.
Mar 14 - 3:12 PM

Colts tendered offers to exclusive rights free agents TE Erik Swoope, CB Chris Milton, LS Luke Rhodes, and OG Jeremy Vujnovich.

Swoope missed all of last season with a knee injury. He's been talked about as a prospect for a couple years now but has done nothing in the NFL.
Mar 14 - 12:21 PM

The Lions met with Eric Ebron on Thursday.

Per ESPN's Dianna Russini, team officials remain "open" to trading Ebron and gave the tight end no assurances that he'd be back next season. Ebron's $8.25 million team option for 2018 becomes guaranteed on Wednesday, so the Lions could be looking to strike a deal before that deadline. Drafted as the 10th overall pick in 2014, Ebron has never come close to meeting expectations in Detroit.
Mar 9 - 2:57 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Lions were "listening" to trade offers for Eric Ebron at last week's Combine.

Ebron's $8.25 million salary becomes guaranteed on the first day of the new league year, next Wednesday, and Schefter says Ebron is "a name to watch in the coming days" on the trade market. The Lions have maintained the stance that they're keeping Ebron for his contract year in 2018, but they obviously aren't married to the idea. The No. 10 overall pick in 2014, Ebron hasn't at all lived up to his draft status. He wouldn't fetch more than a mid-round pick or a similarly unproductive player at a bloated salary. GM Bob Quinn didn't draft Ebron in Detroit.
Mar 6 - 8:19 PM

Colts GM Chris Ballard said he has no doubt Andrew Luck (shoulder) will be ready for the 2018 season.

"I wish I could give you a date. There's no drop-down date. Can't do it," Ballard said. "Do I have any doubt that he's going to be ready? No, I don't." It is impossible to take anything the Colts say about Luck at face value after last season, but this is as strong a comment as Ballard has made about the situation. Both Ballard and coach Frank Reich expressed optimism Luck will be with the team when they open the offseason program at the beginning of April.
Source: ESPN
Mar 1 - 9:33 AM

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

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

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