Colts Sign Justin King

Earlier today the Colts signed former St. Louis Rams cornerback Justin King.  King (5-11, 197 pounds) started 12 games in St. Louis last year.  He notched 58 tackles, 5 pass deflections, 1 interception and 1 fumble recovery during the 2011 campaign.  In his 4 year career (he was drafted in the 4th round in 2008 by the Rams), he recorded 131 tackles (95 solo), 1 sack, 1 interception, 1 forced fumble and 1 fumble recovery with 9 pass deflections.  He played in 35 games and started 19.

King is not a good corner, per say, but with the current players the Colts have I could see him as a starter.  I do not think that is as much about him as it is about the current situation the Colts have at corner, which hopefully will continue to be addressed this offseason.  Either way, he figures to get some good playing time next season for the Colts, whether good or bad. 

King filled the Colts’ final roster spot which was created by the release of Jake Kirkpatrick earlier in the week.


Colts Conclude their 2012 OTAs Today

Today the Indianapolis Colts held their tenth and final Organized Team Activity (OTAs) of the offseason.  Yesterday was the final media availability, and according to those in attendance the receivers made quite an impact.  Reggie Wayne, Austin Collie, and rookie tight end Dwayne Allen had very good days. 

The very fact that Reggie Wayne is participating in OTAs this year is impressive.  He usually works out on his own in Miami, but this year he was at the team activities.  The playbook is new for the first time in Reggie’s career, and thus he has to put in time learning the offense.  But also I think he is there partly to be a team leader.  For his entire career, Peyton Manning and Jeff Saturday were the leaders of the offense.  Both of them are gone.  Wayne is the longest tenured Colts player on the offense.  He has to be a leader this year, and I am confident he can be and will be.  In fact, he has been for years, but there were others.  Now, he is the veteran.  The returning starters on the offense look to be Wayne, Austin Collie, Anthony Castonzo, and Donald Brown. 

Collie is an incredible talent, if he can stay healthy.  It looks as if Collie will play opposite Wayne, with Donnie Avery in the slot.  At least at OTAs, that is.

Some more notes from yesterday’s practice:

From George Bremer (@gmbremer):

Big day for WR Austin Collie, who made a pair of nice catches in the end zone.

It was also a good day for Reggie Wayne, who caught several TDs and made the play of the day on a ball that was tipped multiple times.

TE Dwayne Allen also made a nice grab in the end zone on a pass that was tipped by OLB Jerry Hughes.

Other topics of interest: RB Donald Brown will be an every down back according to Pagano and competition is high at CB.

Pagano said the CB situation won’t truly begin to sort itself out until the pads come on in training camp.

[Cornerback Kevin Thomas] looked good in drills today, including an interception during red-zone work.

@GoHorse88 On defense, Hughes filled in for Freeney and Eads played in Conner’s likely spot. Powers and Thomas at CB, with Johnson nickel.

From Tom James (@TribStarTJames):

Sitting out Wednesday’s OTA session: ACastanzo, BIjalana, THilton, JSnow, DNevis, DCaldwell, BJackson, CFleener, DLegree, DCarter.

Rookie TE Coby Fleener is sitting out this week’s OTA workouts due to finals week at Stanford. Fleener is a graduate student.

From Mike Chappell (@mchappell51):

Reggie Wayne hasn’t gotten together with Colts QB Andrew Luck yet, but they will after next week’s minicamp and before training camp

Colts WR Austin Collie shared dinner with Andrew Luck recently. One aspect of developing chemistry.

And last but not least, from Phil B. Wilson (@pwilson24):

#Colts rookie TE Dwayne Allen catches TD pass off deflection, goes airborne for chest bump from OG Mike McGlynn.

The Colts will have a mandatory mini-camp next week June 12-14.  All players will attend, including Mr. Andrew Luck (no, he does NOT have to be under contract to attend, contrary to some reports.  A deal very well may be signed by that point, however).  On June 13 the practice will be held at Lucas Oil Stadium and will be free to the public from 11:30 to 6:00.  It will also include a select-a-seat season ticket promotion.  For details head here.

Colts Release Jake Kirkpatrick

The Indianapolis Colts today released center Jake Kirkpatrick.  Kirkpatrick, a 6-3, 305 pound lineman, signed with the Colts on July 25, 2011 as an undrafted free agent out of TCU. 

 In 2009, after taking over as starting center for Texas Christian, Kirkpatrick helped TCU to an undefeated 12-0 record.  Kirkpatrick was named a finalist for the Dave Rimington Trophy (awarded annually to the best center in college football) and was named an All-American by Sports Illustrated.  During his senior season in 2010, Kirkpatrick won the Rimington Trophy and TCU won the Rose Bowl.  

Kirkpatrick was the last remaining center from last year’s squad after both Jeff Saturday (Green Bay Packers) and Mike Pollack (Carolina Panthers) left in free agency.  The Colts’ roster purging continues. 

This move also frees up a roster spot.  As I said yesterday, the Colts should sign a veteran cornerback.  But, just like yesterday, they probably won’t.

Colts Sign Kris Adams, Officially Waive Kevin Eagan

Earlier today we reported that the Colts had released undrafted rookie DE Kevin Eagan after he left the team and reportedly is quitting football.  Just a few hours later, we at least got confirmation that the Colts released him.  Per the Colts’ owner Jim Irsay, the team released Eagan and signed wide receiver Kris Adams.

Adams (6-3, 194 pounds) was signed by the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent last year out of UTEP.  He was signed to the Bears’ practice squad, then spent time on the St. Louis Rams’ practice squad and finally the Minnesota Vikings’ practice squad, where he finished the season.

Based on his history and some other guys ahead of him, I have a hard time seeing Adams having a different role on the Colts.

Report: Colts Release DE Kevin Eagan after he leaves team

According to Aaron Wilson, the Indianapolis Colts have released defensive end Kevin Eagan after he reportedly left the team and is quitting football altogether. 

The 6-4, 276 pound undrafted free agent out of Endicott notched 104 tackles , 23 of them for loss while also recording 8.5 sacks his senior season, as well as forcing and recovering three fumbles and intercepting three passes.

Eagan would very likely not have made the 53-man roster, or the practice squad at that.  It is a strange situation and we do not know all the details yet, but it seems as if he is done with football.

The release (which is not official yet, by the way) does open up a roster spot.  I would be in favor of adding a veteran cornerback.

Bill Polian is at it again

Bill Polian is the greatest football executive ever to live and should be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  Currently, he is on ESPN, and I love his analysis and think he does a tremendous job there.  Colts fans were truly lucky to have a football executive like Bill Polian running the show. 

That said, however, Polian did not have a way of connecting with fans in a good way, or the media for that matter.  Sometimes he would say things thinking that the fans were stupid and would not realize he was saying something dumb, where in reality that was not the case.  That happened again a few days ago. 

In Peter King’s Monday Morning Quarterback for this week (which is one of the best weekly columns there is), King looks at the trade deadline being moved back from week 6 to week 8.  He uses Kyle Orton as the perfect example, and it is indeed a perfect example.  Denver certainly could have gotten something for him, but instead had to release him.  King has quotes from Bill Polian saying that they would have gone after Orton had the trade deadline been moved back:

“I think the deadline being moved last year would have made a difference for us.  We would have rekindled our interest in Orton. In Week 6, we knew our quarterback situation wasn’t great, but after a couple more weeks, we realized the situation was bad. We probably would have called Denver, who’d gone to [Tim] Tebow by then, and said, ‘Hey, we’ll give you a three [a third-round draft choice] for Orton.’ ”

King later says that a source within the Denver organization would have accepted the 3rd rounder in exchange for Orton.  There is no doubt in my mind that if the Colts had acquired Kyle Orton, that they would have been better than 2-6 to finish the season.  That in return would mean that Peyton Manning would still be a Colt and Andrew Luck would not be.  It is crazy how much one thing as seemingly insignificant as moving the trade deadline back two weeks could impact a season so much.  However, Polian implies that they wished they would have had a chance at Orton but that they did not.  That is absolutely false.

When the Denver Broncos released Kyle Orton, the Colts had the first spot on the waiver order, meaning that all they had to do was put in a claim for Orton and he was a Colt.  But they didn’t.  The Colts passed on Kyle Orton.  Polian is absolutely right in saying that Orton would have been better than their options at quarterback.  But he had a chance to claim Orton and did not.  Maybe he really did not want to risk losing the number one overall pick, but is now trying to cover up for himself. 

Bill Polian is too smart of a man to keep making these kinds of comments to the media.  If he treated the media and the fans better, I seriously believe he would still be in Indianapolis.  I think that a 2-14 season was only part of the reason he got fired, and the other part was the way he acted.  For such a great football mind, I hope that Bill Polian thinks before he speaks, because he comes off as an idiot way too often.

Colts Struggling to Sell Tickets

For the last decade, Colts tickets have been the toughest tickets to get in town.  Over their past 114 regular season and playoff games at home, they have sold out 113.  And then they released the greatest player in Indianapolis history.

Post-Peyton Manning, the Colts are struggling to sell tickets.  They have 3,000 season tickets available, and as a result have hired Indianapolis marketing firm Get Real Sports Sales to help market them.  Due to NFL rules, if a team fails to sell out the game is blacked out locally.  However, chief operating officer Pete Ward said Tuesday that “We’re not anticipating being blacked out”, per the Indianapolis Star.

The post-Peyton slump in ticket sales is in no way a surprise.  And come September, I bet the Colts will be sold out.  But if the prices of tickets remains the same, people will not want to spend their hard-earned money to watch a bad team, which the Colts figure to be next year.  I still think they will sell out, but my point is that this should come as no surprise. 

And the argument that since the Pacers had trouble selling tickets even when they were winning that the Colts will too when they win is not accurate.  In the NBA, stars sell tickets.  In the NFL, quarterbacks sell tickets.  Whether right or wrong, that is how it is.  The Pacers do not have a star player.  The Colts have a quarterback.  The Colts will not have trouble selling tickets with Andrew Luck at the helm.  Three or four years from now, Colts tickets will once again be the hottest tickets in town. 

Many of the season tickets available are upper level seats.  For more information, call 299-4946.

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