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Posted by coltsindianapolis on September 10, 2012 – 5:18 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agent guard Trai Essex and waived tackle Mike Person and center A.Q. Shipley.

Essex, 6-5, 324 pounds, has appeared in 76 career regular season games (28 starts) and six postseason games, including one start, all with the Pittsburgh Steelers (2005-11). He was a part of two Super Bowl-winning teams before being waived on August 31, 2012. Last year, Essex appeared in all 16 games (three starts) and saw action at tackle, guard and center. He helped block for the Steelers offense to average 372.3 yards per game, fourth-most in the AFC.

Essex was selected by the Steelers in the third round (93rd overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft out of Northwestern, where he was a four-year starter at tight end and left tackle. He is originally from Fort Wayne, Ind. and attended Paul Harding High School.

Shipley was signed by the Colts on January 28, 2012 and appeared in one game.

Person was claimed off waivers by the Colts on September 1, 2012.

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