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Joe Reitz has signed his tender

Posted by coltsindianapolis on March 20, 2013 – 5:53 pm

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March 20, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE ROSTER MOVES

The Indianapolis Colts have signed unrestricted free agent defensive tackle Aubrayo Franklin. The team also announced that exclusive rights free agent guard Joe Reitz has signed his tender.

“Aubrayo is a great fit for our team on many fronts,” said General Manager Ryan Grigson. “He’s an excellent run defender that plays with great technique and has played in the scheme for Greg Manusky in the past. We feel he is a veteran ‘pillar’ type addition that will bring a strong intangible package to the field and our locker room. We are all glad he is now a Colt and part of our team.”

Franklin, 6-1, 315 pounds, has appeared in 126 games, making 79 starts over his 10-year NFL career. He holds regular season totals of 431 tackles (230 solo), eight passes defensed, 4.0 sacks, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one interception.

Franklin played in 12 games (nine starts) with the San Diego Chargers in 2012 and totaled 23 tackles, including 19 solo stops. Prior to joining the Chargers, he played one season with the New Orleans Saints (2011) where he saw action in all 16 games for the fourth consecutive year and registered 31 tackles (13 solo).

Franklin spent four seasons (2007-2010) with the San Francisco 49ers where he competed in 62 games (60 starts) and tallied 312 tackles (163 solo), 3.0 sacks, six passes defensed, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one interception. He had one of his best seasons in 2009 when he posted career highs of 88 tackles (49 solo) and 2.0 sacks while recording his first career interception.

Franklin was originally selected by the Baltimore Ravens in the fifth round (146th overall) of the 2003 NFL Draft and spent four years with the team. With the Ravens, he appeared in 36 games (one start), making 65 tackles (35 solo), two passes defensed and 1.0 sack.

Reitz was originally acquired by the Colts from waivers on September 8, 2010 and has competed in 20 games (17 starts) throughout his two-year career.

In 2012, he started eight-of-nine games played and provided time for quarterback Andrew Luck to break the NFL rookie record for most passing yards in a single game in Week 9 against Miami (433). He also helped block for Luck to throw for 205 yards in Week 16 at Kansas City, which set a new NFL rookie record for passing yards in a season (4,374).

In 2011, Reitz competed in 11 games, including nine starts. He provided time for quarterback Curtis Painter to establish career highs in passing yards, touchdowns and passer rating at Tampa Bay in Week 4. He also helped open rushing lanes for running back Donald Brown to set a career-high with 161 rushing yards on 16 carries against Tennessee in Week 15.


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PENN STATE LINEBACKER HAS SEEN IT ALL

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 10:09 am

Adversity.

Perhaps no player at this year’s NFL Combine has dealt with that word more than Penn State linebacker Michael Mauti over his college career.

From three season ending knee injuries in five years, to the death of his coach and a national scandal that ended any chance for postseason during his senior season, Mauti continued to take the high road through every obstacle.

Given the choice to transfer to another school following the July 2012 scandal, Mauti elected to finish what he started in State College.

“In one of the most unprecedented circumstances, we had a group of guys, our senior class in particular, who just bought in to what we were saying and our message, that we can take it as opportunity, do something special with the season,” Mauti said of Penn State’s 8-4 campaign this past year.

Mauti turned in an All-American final season at Penn State but it was cut short after he was carted off the field following a knee injury on Nov. 17.

The knee injury was the third in five seasons for Mauti’s and at this year’s combine, his medical records were a frequent topic.

Will he be ready for training camp?

“Yes.

Positive?

“Positive.”

NFL bloodlines for Mauti come from his father, Rich, who played eight seasons in the league.

Following his final season in State College, the younger Mauti knew NFL teams would have a plethora of questions regarding his time at Penn state.

He decided that the best way to address that would be a handwritten letter to all 32 teams, something that made a lasting impression with NFL personnel.

“I wanted them to kind of hear from the horse’s mouth, where my mindset was and what I plan on doing,” Mauti said of the letters. “There’s a lot of rumors flying around, a lot of misinformation. We just wanted them to hear from me, and where my mind is at about getting back … I was going to put myself in a situation to be healthy and play in the fall.”


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THE ROLE MIGHT BE DIFFERENT, BUT THE GOAL IS THE SAME FOR HASSELBECK

Posted by Kevin Bowen on March 19, 2013 – 10:05 pm

After 15 seasons and 168 games, what is the motivation for quarterback Matt Hasselbeck to move on to his fourth NFL team?

A Super Bowl ring?

“I’d say that’s pretty high on the list,” Hasselbeck said of his desire to continue playing for the Lombardi Trophy.

“That’s certainly something that’s on my bucket list. I came really close one time and not as close a couple other times, but it’s something that I want to accomplish while I still have the opportunity.”

The news of Hasselbeck’s release came during a family vacation for the 15-year NFL veteran and he admitted that it came as a surprise.

Hasselbeck realizes that he’s now walking into a building where the starting quarterback position is established but after talking it over with his family and agent, it was the Colts that continued to stick out.

“Obviously the reputation that the Colts organization has and the kind of player that Andrew Luck is, more and more it made sense,” Hasselbeck said of his decision on Tuesday afternoon.

“I would also say that the Colts interest from that moment that I got the phone call to (Tuesday) morning when I signed the contract, their interest just felt the most consistent and it just felt right. There’s 100 reasons why it’s a good idea and I could probably go through them all. But I can just say that I think it’s an obvious fit for a lot of different reasons and I’m really looking forward to it.”

Colts Head Coach Chuck Pagano spearheaded Indianapolis’ effort in acquiring the three-time Pro Bowl quarterback.

Hasselbeck said he doesn’t personally know Luck and relied on Pagano’s insight into fellow players and coaches to inform the former Titans quarterback of the culture in Indianapolis.

One area where both quarterback and coach already see eye-to-eye on is their vision of the Colts making a deep playoff run.

In 2005, Hasselbeck led Seattle to Super Bowl XL but a fourth quarter comeback bid fell short after an interception in Pittsburgh Steelers territory halted the Seahawks attempt at the elusive championship.

At the age of 37, this might be Hasselbeck’s final stop on a storied career with one chapter still to be written.

His role isn’t that of the lead character but after 15 years of playing with a multitude of signal callers, it’s time for Hasselbeck to instill a young quarterback with some of the knowledge that made him such a commodity the past few days.

I’m just really thankful for all the different (quarterbacks) that poured in me and shared with me (their insights), some of the good, some of the bad,” Hasselbeck said.

“I can say what’s probably been the most enjoyable, whatever that makeup is with the (quarterbacks) coach and the three (quarterbacks), or however many guys, when that group is really strong and sort of in a fun way competitive with each other and also just like tight, it makes the whole season fun. I think it really can permeate through the team in a positive way.”


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Colts Sign Aubrayo Franklin

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 4:30 pm

The Indianapolis Colts have signed unrestricted free agent defensive tackle Aubrayo Franklin. The team also announced that exclusive rights free agent guard Joe Reitz has signed his tender.

“Aubrayo is a great fit for our team on many fronts,” said General Manager Ryan Grigson. “He’s an excellent run defender that plays with great technique and has played in the scheme for Greg Manusky in the past. We feel he is a veteran ‘pillar’ type addition that will bring a strong intangible package to the field and our locker room. We are all glad he is now a Colt and part of our team.”

Franklin, 6-1, 315 pounds, has appeared in 126 games, making 79 starts over his 10-year NFL career. He holds regular season totals of 431 tackles (230 solo), eight passes defensed, 4.0 sacks, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one interception.

Franklin played in 12 games (nine starts) with the San Diego Chargers in 2012 and totaled 23 tackles, including 19 solo stops. Prior to joining the Chargers, he played one season with the New Orleans Saints (2011) where he saw action in all 16 games for the fourth consecutive year and registered 31 tackles (13 solo).

Franklin spent four seasons (2007-2010) with the San Francisco 49ers where he competed in 62 games (60 starts) and tallied 312 tackles (163 solo), 3.0 sacks, six passes defensed, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one interception. He had one of his best seasons in 2009 when he posted career highs of 88 tackles (49 solo) and 2.0 sacks while recording his first career interception.

Franklin was originally selected by the Baltimore Ravens in the fifth round (146th overall) of the 2003 NFL Draft and spent four years with the team. With the Ravens, he appeared in 36 games (one start), making 65 tackles (35 solo), two passes defensed and 1.0 sack.


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Colts Sign Matt Hasselbeck

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 10:08 am

The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agent quarterback Matt Hasselbeck.

“We are very pleased to announce the signing of Matt Hasselbeck,” said General Manager Ryan Grigson. “His body of work, intangibles, and extensive league experience speak for themselves. Those factors, plus his familiarity with our offensive scheme, will make him a great asset to our team and its vision as we move forward.”

Hasselbeck, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, has competed in 194 games (152 starts) over his 14-year NFL career. He has completed 3,029-of-5,018 passes for 34,517 yards, 201 touchdowns and 147 interceptions for a passer rating of 82.2. He currently ranks fourth among active quarterbacks in attempts, completions and passing yards and fifth in passing touchdowns. In the postseason, he has started 11 games, completing 237-of-406 passes for 18 touchdowns and nine interceptions for an 84.4 rating. He holds 22 career 300-yard passing performances in the regular season and two in the postseason.

Hasselbeck joins the Colts after spending the last two seasons (2011-2012) with the Tennessee Titans. In 2011, he produced one of the best seasons of his career. His 518 attempts and 3,571 yards made up the fourth-highest single-season totals in team history, while his completions (319) ranked third in club annals. His 18 touchdown passes were the most since 2004 (Billy Volek), and with 28 completions of 25 yards-or-more, Hasselbeck had the highest big-play total since Steve McNair in 2001 (32).

Prior to joining the Titans, Hasselbeck spent 10 seasons (2001-2010) with the Seattle Seahawks where he led the team to six postseason berths and their only Super Bowl appearance in 2005. In his time with the Seahawks, he posted an 82.2 passer rating, completing 2,559-of-4,250 passes for 29,434 yards, 174 touchdowns and 128 interceptions.

In 2010, Hasselbeck started both postseason games to become the Seahawks’ all-time leader in playoff games played and started. He also set a franchise postseason single-game record with four touchdown passes against New Orleans (1/8/11) in an NFC Wild Card victory.

In 2009, Hasselbeck became the Seahawks’ all-time franchise leader in career attempts, completions and passing yards, surpassing Dave Krieg in each category. He also set a single-game record against Detroit (11/8/09), completing 39 passes, including 15 consecutive, tied for second-most in club history.

In 2007, Hasselbeck earned his third Pro Bowl selection after setting career highs for attempts (562), completions (352), passing yards (3,966) and touchdown passes (28). In 2005, he was named the starter for the NFC Pro Bowl squad after posting a career and NFC-best 98.2 passer rating, leading the Seahawks to an appearance in Super Bowl XL.

In 2003, Hasselbeck earned his first trip to the Pro Bowl after guiding the Seahawks to their first-ever undefeated home record. He tied his own record for most 300-yard games in a season (four) and recorded then-career-highs of 3,841 passing yards, 26 passing touchdowns and an 88.8 passer rating.

Hasselbeck was originally selected by the Green Bay Packers in the sixth round (187th overall) of the 1998 NFL Draft and spent three seasons with the Packers before being traded to the Seahawks prior to the start of the 2001 campaign.


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RESTRICTED FREE AGENT CB-CASSIUS VAUGHN SIGNS QUALIFYING OFFER

Posted by coltsindianapolis on March 18, 2013 – 4:54 pm

Cassius VaughnThe Indianapolis Colts today announced that restricted free agent cornerback Cassius Vaughn has signed his qualifying offer.

 

Vaughn was originally acquired by the Colts in a trade with the Denver Broncos on May 23, 2012. In 16 games (11 starts) last season, he recorded career highs in tackles (70), passes defensed (nine) and fumble recoveries (two) while notching his second career interception return for a touchdown. He also returned 10 kickoffs for 209 yards.

 

In Week 14 against Tennessee, Vaughn earned AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors for the first time in his career after recording eight solo tackles, three passes defensed and a three-yard interception return for a touchdown in the third quarter to give the Colts a 21-20 lead.

 

For his career, Vaughn has played in 38 games (14 starts), totaling 92 tackles (78 solo), 13 passes defensed, three fumble recoveries and two interceptions returned for touchdowns. On special teams, he has returned 19 kickoffs for 544 yards, including a 97-yard touchdown.


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OREGON’S BARNER THRIVED IN KELLY’S UP-TEMPO STYLE

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 3:44 pm

Kenjon Barner is used to one major aspect of life as an NFL running back.

With teams continually relying on multiple running backs each week, the need is there for versatile backs that can fill many roles.

Barner has accomplished just that scoring touchdowns four different ways during his time at Oregon.

The 2012 All-American also spilt time in one of the nation’s most talented backfields while carrying a motto head coach Chip Kelly instilled into the Ducks.

‘Don’t count your reps, just make your reps count,’ Kelly told his team.

“You never count how many times you’re carrying the ball. But every time you touch that ball you make it count. That’s the mentality you need,” Barner said of his interpretation of Kelly’s message.

Kelly took over the reigns as Oregon head coach during Barner’s redshirt freshman season, and the running back benefited from the up-tempo style.

Excelling in Kelly’s spread offense took some time to believing in according to Barner.

He still has vivid memories of the first practice that Kelly ran back in 2009.

“He pushes you to a limit that you didn’t know you had,” Barner said of the now Philadelphia Eagle head coach.

“I was really used to the coach (Mike) Bellotti’s way – which was run a play, take a break; run another play, take a break. With coach Kelly it was, ‘I want it right now.’ You have your tongue hanging out of your mouth. You’re tired. You’re dry heaving. It was a rough day.”

The dog days of those practices are just now memories for Barner but that helped pave the way for a stellar final two seasons.

While splitting time with 49ers running back LaMichael James in 2011, Barner ran for 939 yards during his fourth year in the program and elected to return to Eugene for his final season of eligibility.

This past year, Barner had 299 touches for 2,023 yards of total offense including a 321-yard, five-touchdown effort against USC.

Barner can thank Kelly for the stamina that he will carry with him to the next level.

And now that Barner thinks about it, maybe that first practice was worth the pain.

“It was beautiful. It inspired us. It ended up being a masterpiece.”


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Last Thoughts On Dwight Freeney

Posted by coltsindianapolis on March 17, 2013 – 8:28 am

Colts.com regularly features blogs written by one of our fans. This week’s blog was submitted by coltsfan05

Since the Colts have cut Dwight Freeney, Colts fans have been in a particularly bad mood about this move. Everybody has been questioning this move and nobody likes this.

Well let me tell you one thing, do you want a man who only gives you 10 tackles and 5 sacks a season? I know I don’t. I’m not saying that Freeney is a horrible player, but lets be honest; he played god awful this year. He just doesn’t fit the system. If a player doesn’t fit the system, why in the world would you keep a player like that?

I’m not taking anything away from Freeney. He was the most explosive DEFENSIVE END, in football. Remember, I said DE. as a Defensive End in a 4-3, along with Julius Peppers, Dwight Freeney was the most explosive player of his time. Dwight Freeney is used to putting his hands on the ground and doing one thing, and that is getting after the quarterback. And he was good at it. But you cant make a guy like that stand and cover the pass and play the run. And you certainly cant just keep the defense in a 4-3 because of him.

So what do you do? You have no other choice but to cut the man. Unless play DE in a 3-4 and gain an extra 30-40 lbs, and he did not want to do that. As of right now, anything beats how Dwight Freeney was playing. And Erik Walden is not the best LB in the NFL. But he is a Temporary replacement for him. He is not the long term solution by any means. but all I’m saying is that there wasn’t a legit reason to keep Dwight Freeney. He was getting old, slow and injury prone.


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS RELEASE S-TOM ZBIKOWSKI

Posted by coltsindianapolis on March 15, 2013 – 1:49 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today released safety Tom Zbikowski.

In 2012, Zbikowski’s only year with the Colts, he started 11 games and totaled 47 tackles (28 solo), four passes defensed, one interception and 1.0 sack. In addition, he returned six kickoffs for a total of 123 yards. In Week 12 against Buffalo, he recorded his first interception since the 2009 season, to go along with six tackles, including three solo.

For his career, Zbikowski has played in 64 games (25 starts), compiling 96 tackles (69 solo), eight passes defensed, three interceptions, 2.0 sacks and 59 special teams tackles. In eight postseason games, he has tallied four tackles, including three solo stops.


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Free Agency So Far…

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 6:39 am

After an eyebrow raising season in 2012, the Colts were faced with a lot of adversities and holes in the roster. The colts defense was ranked 26th in the league in Total yards, and 21st in points allowed. The revamp of the defense was necessary. Along with an ailing defense, the future face of the franchise, Andrew Luck was sacked close to 40 times. And I’m not going to say how many times he was hurried, hit, knocked down etc. because those numbers are too horrific to say or write.

So there needs to be improvements on the O-Line. Ryan Grigson was faced with challenges last year with a 2-14 team. But now he has a promising team whose potential is sky high. And to keep it that way he needs to fill in the holes on the roster. Grigson has done a great job addressing the problems. He has signed a quality RT in Gosder Cherilus, and a versatile guard in Donald Thomas. The voids he has filled in for the defense has left me speechless. he signed LaRon Landry, an extrodinary talent at the safety position. He signed Erik Walden to replace Dwight Freeney. He added strength and teeth to the D-Line by adding Ricky Jean-Francois. and he has added depth to the secondary by signing Greg Toler. Grigson has not only addressed the problems with the roster, but he took the stress off of getting someone in the draft. Grigson has outdone himself again! The sky is the limit in Indianapolis.

I hope you guys Enjoyed this segment, feel free to comment and express your opinion!
and always colts fans…

Stay Blue and GO COLTS!!!!!!

Colts.com regularly features blogs written by one of our fans. This week’s blog was submitted by coltsfan05


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