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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS SIGN FREE AGENT C-PHIL COSTA

Posted by coltsindianapolis on March 13, 2014 – 5:18 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agent center Phil Costa.

“Phil is a young, hard-nosed and physical center who has shown he can play at a winning level in our league,” said General Manager Ryan Grigson. “He will provide strong competition at the center position.”

Costa, 6-3, 302 pounds, played in 26 games (20 starts) over the last four seasons (2010-13) with the Dallas Cowboys. In 2011, he started all 16 games for the first time in his career and blocked for quarterback Tony Romo to throw for 4,184 yards, 31 touchdowns and a career-high 102.5 passer rating. Costa also helped block for a Cowboys offense that ranked fifth in the NFC in passing yards and eighth in total yards and rushing yards.

Costa was originally signed by the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Maryland on April 30, 2010. At Maryland, he played in 40 career games, including 30 starts, at the guard and center positions.


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Chargers Sign Kavell Conner, Chiefs Sign Jeff Linkenbach

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 2:39 pm

The Chargers and Colts connection continued on Thursday with San Diego signing former Colts linebacker Kavell Conner.

Earlier this week, the Chargers signed former Colts running back Donald Brown.

Conner joins Brown after playing four seasons with the Colts and starting 36 games since being drafted by Indianapolis in 2010.

Below is an excerpt from the Chargers announcing the acquisition of Conner:

Over four seasons, the 6-0, 245-pounder recorded 236 tackles, seven passes defensed, two forced fumbles and one sack.  His most productive campaign came in 2011 when he started 15 of 16 games, amassing 104 tackles.  Overall, he’s made 36 starts in 52 career games. Conner dealt with injuries in 2013, appearing in only 10 games while recording just 21 tackles.

Conner has a number of ties to his new team, most notably with Telesco.  The general manager was a member of the Colts front office when he was selected in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL Draft. Conner also played collegiately at Clemson alongside two of his new Chargers teammates, Crezdon Butler and Marcus Gilchrist.  Finally, he’ll be under the tutelage of Defensive Coordinator John Pagano after suiting up the past two seasons for his brother, Colts Head Coach Chuck Pagano.

On Wednesday, the Kansas City Chiefs signed versatile offensive lineman Jeff Linkenbach.

As a 2010 undrafted free agent, Linkenbach filled a variety of roles up front for the Colts and started 33 games in his four seasons.

Below is the Linkenbach part of the Chiefs release:

Linkenbach (6-6, 325, #72) has played in 60 games (33 starts) in four NFL seasons with the Indianapolis Colts (2010-13). He has seen action in four postseason games (two starts). Known for his versatility, Linkenbach served as both a tackle and a guard in his time in Indianapolis. He originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Colts on April 30, 2010. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2010, after serving as the Bearcats right tackle for four years. Linkenbach prepped at Margaretta High School in Castalia, Ohio.


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Antoine Bethea and Donald Brown Sign with the 49ers, Chargers

Posted by Kevin Bowen on March 12, 2014 – 9:03 am

A pair of Colts veterans found new homes rather quickly when the free agency period opened up on Tuesday afternoon.

Drafted by the Colts in 2006, Bethea was a mainstay at the safety position during his eight seasons in Indianapolis.

Bethea hasn’t missed a game since the 2007 season and that durability attracted the San Francisco 49ers. In San Francisco, Bethea is expected to fill the starting role left by free agent Donte Whitner.

As expected, Colts teammates took to Twitter to show their gratitude for Bethea:

Later in the day it was the five-year veteran Brown who found some familiar faces with the San Diego Chargers.

Former Colts Director of Player Personnel Tom Telesco hasn’t been shy about pursuing former Colts in his little more than a year as the Chargers general manager.

Just like with Bethea, the support for Brown came from his former teammates despite agreeing to terms very late in the night on Tuesday:


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS RE-SIGN UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENT RB-AHMAD BRADSHAW

Posted by coltsindianapolis on March 11, 2014 – 6:24 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today re-signed unrestricted free agent running back Ahmad Bradshaw.

Bradshaw appeared in three games (two starts) for the Colts in 2013 and rushed for 186 yards and two touchdowns on 41 attempts, while adding seven receptions for 42 yards. In Week 3 at San Francisco, he ran for a season-high 95 yards and a touchdown en route to a 27-7 Colts victory over the 49ers. Bradshaw was then placed on Injured Reserve on October 9, 2013.

For his seven-year career, Bradshaw has rushed 962 times for 4,418 yards and 34 touchdowns, while catching 139 passes for 1,129 yards and three touchdowns in 87 regular season games (35 starts). In nine postseason contests (three starts), he has totaled 480 yards and two touchdowns on 111 attempts and 20 receptions for 141 yards.

Bradshaw first joined the Colts as a free agent on June 11, 2013 after spending six seasons (2007-2012) with the New York Giants. He was originally selected by the Giants in the seventh round (250th overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft out of Marshall University.


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AGREE TO TERMS WITH CB-VONTAE DAVIS

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 5:32 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today agreed to terms with cornerback Vontae Davis.

 

“We are very pleased to announce that Vontae Davis will remain part of the Colts family,” said General Manager Ryan Grigson. “He is a rare talent at 25 years of age who is still ascending as a player. We are excited to see him reach new heights in his career and help us attain our ultimate goal.”

 

Davis started all 16 games for the first time in his career in 2013 and recorded 48 tackles (42 solo), a career-high 13 passes defensed and one interception. In two postseason games (one start), he posted four solo tackles. In 2012, Davis started all 10 games he appeared in and compiled 53 tackles (40 solo), seven passes defensed, three interceptions and a sack. He earned AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors in Week 17 against Houston after intercepting two passes and adding a career-high three passes defensed.

 

For his five-year NFL career, Davis has competed in 70 games (62 starts) and has totaled 243 tackles (208 solo), 52 passes defensed, 13 interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown, 2.0 sacks and one forced fumble. Since 2009, his interception total ranks tied for 10th in the AFC, while his passes defensed total ranks 12th in the conference.

 

Davis was acquired by the Colts in a trade with the Miami Dolphins on August 26, 2012. He was originally selected by the Dolphins in the first round (25th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft out of the University of Illinois.


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What Do the Colts Think of Their New (and Old) Teamamtes?

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 5:25 pm

Welcome to the busiest hour of the NFL offsesaon

The free agent frenzy that everyone waits for each offseason began officially Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. EST.

Let’s start out with the Colts players coming back to Indy and how their teammates reacted to the news.

Colts players shared their thoughts on the re-signings of defensive end Fili Moala, kicker Adam Vinatieri, safety Sergio Brown and cornerback Vontae Davis:

Colts teammates didn’t stop there as they (and an enemy) welcomed new defensive lineman Arthur Jones to Indianapolis:


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AGREE TO TERMS WITH UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENT DE-ARTHUR JONES

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 4:42 pm

jones-arthur-01The Indianapolis Colts today agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent defensive end Arthur Jones.

“We are happy to announce we have agreed to terms with defensive lineman Arthur Jones,” said Colts General Manager Ryan Grigson. “He is an outstanding producer down after down versus the run and pass. He’s a guy who plays at a championship level week after week and lays it on the line every time he steps out on the field. He is a great fit for our team.”

Jones, 6-3, 315 pounds, totaled 118 tackles (66 solo), 8.5 sacks and one forced fumble in 46 career games (20 starts) for the Baltimore Ravens over the past four seasons. In six postseason games (two starts), he recorded 10 tackles (five solo), 1.0 sack and two fumble recoveries.

 

In 2013, Jones started a career-high 13 games and registered a career-high 53 tackles (27 solo) and 4.0 sacks. He was part of a defense that ranked fourth in the AFC in rushing yards allowed and sixth in total yards allowed. In 2012, he played in all 16 games (six starts) for the first time in his career and tallied 47 tackles (27 solo), a career-high 4.5 sacks and one forced fumble. He set a personal best with 2.0 sacks in Week 12 at San Diego and recorded 1.5 sacks two weeks later at Washington in Week 14. In the Ravens’ Super Bowl XLVII victory over the San Francisco 49ers, Jones contributed with two solo tackles, 1.0 sack and one fumble recovery.

 

Jones was originally selected by the Ravens in the fifth round (157th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft out of Syracuse. He started 32-of-44 games for the Orange and totaled 145 tackles (85 solo), 38.5 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks and four fumble recoveries. His 38.5 tackles for loss are the most in Syracuse history by an interior defensive lineman and rank third on the school’s overall career record list. As a junior in 2008, Jones earned All-Big East First Team honors after tallying 60 tackles (33 solo), 3.5 sacks and 13 tackles for loss, which ranked sixth in the conference.

 

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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AGREE TO TERMS WITH S-SERGIO BROWN

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 4:17 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today agreed to terms with safety Sergio Brown.

 

Brown played in 14 games in 2013 and totaled nine special teams tackles and one defensive stop. He also recovered a fumble on special teams in Week 7 against Denver and blocked a field goal in Week 12 at Arizona. Brown played an instrumental role in helping punter Pat McAfee pin 27 punts inside the 20-yard line, a franchise single-season record.

 

For his career, Brown has appeared in 56 games (three starts) and has notched 42 tackles (38 solo), 31 special teams stops, two passes defensed, one interception and one fumble recovery. In seven postseason games, he has recorded one special teams tackle. Brown was claimed by the Colts off waivers on September 1, 2012 after spending two seasons (2010-11) with the New England Patriots. He was originally signed by the Patriots as an undrafted free agent out of Notre Dame on April 29, 2010.


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS OLB-CAM JOHNSON SIGNS TENDER

Posted by ColtsCaseyB on – 3:01 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today announced that exclusive rights free agent outside linebacker Cam Johnson has signed his tender.

Johnson was acquired by the Colts in a trade with the San Francisco 49ers on September 2, 2013. Last season, he saw action in 12 games and totaled two tackles and six special teams stops. He also contributed with three special teams tackles in two postseason games. In 2012, Johnson spent the first 14 games of the season on the 49ers practice squad before competing in the team’s final two regular season games.


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AGREE TO TERMS WITH K-ADAM VINATIERI

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 10:48 am

The Indianapolis Colts today agreed to terms with kicker Adam Vinatieri.

 

Vinatieri recorded the second-highest single-season point total (139) of his 18-year career and the third-highest mark in Colts history in 2013. For the season, he converted a career-high 35-of-40 field goal attempts and 34-of-34 PATs. His 35 made field goals ranked third in franchise history and tied for 12th in NFL history. He also tied a career-high with four 50-yard field goals made.

 

Vinatieri became the seventh player in NFL history to score 2,000 career points and the second to post 800 points with two different teams in 2013. He tied Jason Elam for the most 100-point seasons (16) in NFL history and ranks fifth in points scored (2,006), sixth in PATs made (660) and seventh in field goals made (448). In the playoffs, Vinatieri passed Gary Anderson and David Akers for the most PATs made (60) in NFL postseason history. He also became the first player in NFL history to score 200 career points in the postseason and ranks tied for second with 27 career games played in the playoffs.

 

Vinatieri earned AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors on two occasions in 2013. In Week 6 at San Diego, he converted two field goals of 50-plus yards in a single game for the first time in his career. In Week 13 against Tennessee, Vinatieri tied a career-high with five made field goals overall and tied an NFL record for successful field goals made from 40-49 yards in a single game with four.

 

For his career, Vinatieri has converted 448-of-540 field goals and 660-of-670 PATs for 2,006 regular season points, including one two-point conversion, in 274 games played. In 27 postseason contests, he has hit 51-of-61 field goals and 60-of-60 PATs for 213 total points.

 

Vinatieri was first signed by the Colts as an unrestricted free agent on March 22, 2006 after spending 10 seasons (1996-2005) with the New England Patriots. He was originally signed by the Patriots as a free agent on June 28, 1996. Vinatieri was a four-year letterman at South Dakota State where he finished as the school’s all-time leading scorer with 185 career points.


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