The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agent tight end Mike McFarland and waived tackle Pierce Burton.
McFarland, 6-6, 262 pounds, originally signed with the Houston Texans as an undrafted free agent on May 8, 2015. He spent the entire offseason and part of training camp with the Texans. McFarland caught one pass for nine yards in Houston’s first preseason game on Aug. 15 vs. the San Francisco 49ers. He was placed on the Texans’ Injured Reserve list on Aug. 20 and waived from the team’s Injured Reserve list on Oct. 29.
Collegiately, McFarland played 48 games (16 starts) at the University of South Florida and finished with 55 receptions for 643 yards and two touchdowns. In 2014, he started 10-of-12 games and was named Second Team American Athletic Conference by Phil Steele after compiling a career-best 27 receptions for 315 yards. McFarland ranked second on the team in receptions and third in receiving yards, while being among AAC tight end leaders in both categories. He was a Second Team AAC selection in 2013 after playing in all 12 games (six starts) and registering 23 receptions for 288 yards and a career-high two touchdowns. McFarland tied for the team lead in touchdown receptions and ranked second in receptions and receiving yards for the Bulls. He was also an asset on special teams as he blocked three field goal attempts. In 2012, McFarland saw action in all 12 games at tight end and on special teams and totaled four receptions for 32 yards. In his first season at South Florida in 2011, he appeared in all 12 games, mainly on special teams, and caught one pass for eight yards. McFarland began his collegiate career at the University of Florida in 2010 and redshirted his true freshman season before transferring to South Florida and being granted a waiver to play immediately the following season.
Burton, 6-6, 305 pounds, was signed by the Colts to a reserve/future contract on January 5, 2016. He spent the final five weeks of the 2015 regular season on the Colts practice squad after signing with the team on December 1. Burton also spent time on the Carolina Panthers (Weeks 2-11) and Atlanta Falcons (Week 1) practice squads in 2015. He originally signed with the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent on May 10, 2014 and spent training camp with the team before being released.
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The Indianapolis Colts today agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent cornerback Patrick Robinson.
“We’ve been interested in Patrick since early in free agency and we’re glad it finally came together,” said Colts General Manager Ryan Grigson. “We have some strong ties on our coaching staff with him so that familiarity is always a plus. He is a versatile, experienced and steady corner that gives us immediate help opposite Vontae. He was a fit on a number of levels in regards to overall skill, but also adds some strong intangibles. We’re happy with this addition to our team.”
Robinson, 5-11, 191 pounds, most recently spent time with the San Diego Chargers. He has played in 74 career NFL games (43 starts) and totaled 234 tackles (191 solo), 3.0 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack, 54 passes defensed, 10 interceptions (one returned for a touchdown), two forced fumbles, 10 special teams tackles and two blocked kicks. Robinson has seen action in three postseason contests (two starts) and compiled nine tackles (six solo), two passes defensed and two special teams tackles. He spent the first five seasons (2010-2014) of his career with the New Orleans Saints after being selected by the team in the first round (32nd overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft out of Florida State.
In 2015, Robinson played in all 16 games (10 starts) and registered 49 tackles (42 solo), 2.0 tackles for loss, one forced fumble, eight passes defensed and one interception for the Chargers. He appeared in 14 games (six starts) for the Saints in 2014 and tallied 40 tackles (31 solo), 11 passes defensed, two interceptions and four special teams tackles. Robinson was named the recipient of the Saints’ 2014 Ed Block Courage Award for his comeback from a season-ending injury that he sustained during the previous season. He played in the first two games of the 2013 season before suffering an injury in Week 2 and missing the rest of the year. In 2012, Robinson started all 16 games for the first time in his career and collected a career-high 64 tackles (54 solo) and added 1.0 tackle for loss, 1.0 sack, one forced fumble, 18 passes defensed (career-high) and three interceptions (one returned for a touchdown). In Week 9 vs. Philadelphia, Robinson tied a franchise-record with a 99-yard interception return for a touchdown. In 2011, he saw action in 15 games (seven starts) and totaled 54 tackles (42 solo), 15 passes defensed, two special teams tackles, two blocked kicks and a career-high four interceptions. Robinson appeared in two playoff contests (one start) and tallied eight tackles (five solo), one pass defensed and two special teams tackles. He played in 11 games (four starts) as a rookie in 2010 and collected 25 tackles (20 solo), two passes defensed and four special teams tackles. Robinson started his postseason debut and recorded one solo tackle and one pass defensed.
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The Indianapolis Colts today agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent running back Jordan Todman.
Todman, 5-10, 200 pounds, most recently spent time with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He has played in 44 career NFL games (three starts) and totaled 115 carries for 472 yards (4.1 avg.) and three touchdowns, 40 receptions for 314 yards and two touchdowns and 69 kickoff returns for 1,784 yards. He has seen action in two postseason contests and tallied 16 carries for 71 yards.
In 2015, Todman played in 11 games for the Steelers and registered four carries for 22 yards and had one kickoff return for 22 yards. He saw action in two postseason contests and registered 16 carries for 71 yards. Prior to Pittsburgh, Todman spent three seasons (2012-14) with the Jacksonville Jaguars. In 2014, he appeared in all 16 games (one start) and compiled 32 carries for 186 yards and one touchdown, 25 receptions for 198 yards and one touchdown and 38 kickoff returns for 972 yards. Todman played in all 16 games (two starts) in 2013 and finished with 76 carries for 256 yards and two touchdowns, 14 receptions for 116 yards and one touchdown and 26 kickoff returns for 712 yards. In 2012, he saw action in one game and recorded three carries for eight yards, four kickoff returns for 78 yards and caught one pass.
Todman was originally selected by the San Diego Chargers in the sixth round (183rd overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft. He spent time on the Chargers active roster and practice squad most of his rookie season before being signed to the Minnesota Vikings active roster from the Chargers practice squad on December 27, 2011. Todman spent most of the 2012 season on the Vikings practice squad before being signed to the Jaguars active roster on November 27, 2012.
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The Indianapolis Colts today agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent running back Robert Turbin.
Turbin, 5-10, 222 pounds, most recently spent time with the Dallas Cowboys and Cleveland Browns last season. He has played in 58 career NFL games (three starts) and totaled 281 carries for 1,127 yards (4.0 avg.) and one touchdown. Additionally, Turbin has caught 50 passes for 450 yards and two touchdowns in his time with the Cowboys, Browns and Seattle Seahawks (2012-14). He has seen action in eight postseason contests and registered 37 carries for 128 yards and tallied five receptions for 50 yards. Turbin won Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014 as a member of the Seahawks.
In 2015, Turbin played in three games for the Browns and tallied 18 carries for 60 yards and two receptions for eight yards before being waived on November 10. He signed with the Cowboys eight days later. Turbin appeared in the final seven contests of the season with Dallas and compiled 32 carries for 139 yards and one touchdown and five receptions for 15 yards.
Turbin played in all 16 games (three starts) for the Seahawks in 2014 and totaled 74 carries for 310 yards and 16 receptions for 186 yards and two touchdowns. He saw action in three postseason contests, including Super Bowl XLVIIII, and registered 11 carries for 48 yards and caught one pass. In 2013, Turbin appeared in all 16 games and recorded 77 carries for 264 yards, eight receptions for 60 yards and eight kickoff returns for 177 yards (22.1 avg.). He played in three playoff contests, including Super Bowl XLVIII, and tallied 14 carries for 40 yards and caught one pass for nine yards. Turbin played in all 16 games as a rookie in 2012 and finished with 80 carries for 354 yards and 19 catches for 181 yards. He appeared in two postseason contests and totaled 12 carries for 40 yards and three receptions for 43 yards. Turbin was originally selected by the Seahawks in the fourth round (106th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft out of Utah State.
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The Indianapolis Colts today signed unrestricted free agent quarterback Scott Tolzien.
“We looked at a number of quarterbacks during this process and we felt Scott fit us on a number of levels,” said Colts General Manager Ryan Grigson. “He is a young, highly intelligent, tough and driven individual who we feel possesses a lot of potential.”
Tolzien, 6-2, 213 pounds, spent the last three seasons with the Green Bay Packers (2013-15). He has played in six career NFL games (two starts) and completed 56-of-91 passes for 721 yards with one touchdown and five interceptions. Additionally, Tolzien has carried the ball eight times for 52 yards and one touchdown. Prior to Green Bay, he spent time with the San Francisco 49ers and San Diego Chargers.
In 2015, Tolzien served as the No. 2 quarterback in Green Bay for all 16 games and saw limited action in three contests. He spent the entire 2014 season on the Packers 53-man roster and was a gameday inactive for the first 15 games of the season.
In 2013, Tolzien spent the first nine weeks of the season on Green Bay’s practice squad before being elevated to the 53-man roster on November 6. He played in three games (two starts) in 2013 and completed 55-of-90 passes for 717 yards with one touchdown and five interceptions. Tolzien also totaled five carries for 55 yards and one touchdown. In Week 10 against the Philadelphia Eagles, he came off the bench early in the game to replace injured backup quarterback Seneca Wallace. Tolzien completed 24-of-39 passes for 280 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. He earned his first career NFL start in Week 11 against the New York Giants and completed 24-of-34 passes for 339 yards and three interceptions. Tolzien’s 339 yards were the most by a Packers quarterback in his first start, passing Mike Tomczak’s previous mark of 317. He brought his two-game total to 619 passing yards, the most by a quarterback in his first two games in Green Bay history and the fourth-most in NFL history.
In 2012, Tolzien was inactive for 13 games and all three postseason contests, including Super Bowl XLVII, with the San Francisco 49ers. He spent the 2011 season on San Francisco’s 53-man roster, but was inactive for all 16 regular season games and both postseason contests.
Tolzien originally signed with the Chargers as an undrafted free agent on July 28, 2011. He spent the entire offseason and training camp with San Diego before being waived during final cuts on September 3.
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The Indianapolis Colts today released wide receiver Andre Johnson.
Johnson, 6-3, 229 pounds, was signed by the Colts as a free agent on March 11, 2015. He has played in 185 career NFL games (183 starts) and caught 1,053 passes for 14,100 yards and 68 touchdowns. In 2015, Johnson appeared in all 16 games (14 starts) for Indianapolis and tallied 41 receptions for 503 yards and four touchdowns.
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The Indianapolis Colts today agreed to terms with kicker Adam Vinatieri on a contract extension.
“We are thrilled to retain Adam as a member of the Colts family,” said Colts General Manager Ryan Grigson. “Adam continues to play at the highest level year in and year out and his hard work, consistency and professionalism are a credit to him being the longest tenured active player in the NFL. Adam has won multiple Super Bowls and is a future Hall of Famer. We look forward to continuing to utilize his championship-pedigree and leadership in our program.”
Vinatieri, 6-0, 206 pounds, was originally signed by the Colts as an unrestricted free agent on March 22, 2006. In Indianapolis, Vinatieri has converted 240-of-277 field goal attempts (86.6 percent) and 375-of-381 PATs for 1,095 points. He owns the Colts record for points scored, extra points made and field goals made. Vinatieri was a member of the Colts Super Bowl XLI championship team. He has played in the second-most playoff games (30) in league history and holds several career NFL postseason records including points scored (234), field goals made (56) and extra points made (66).
Vinatieri, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, has played in 306 career games over his 20-year NFL career. He has connected on 503-of-598 field goal attempts (84.1 percent), made 742-of-755 PATs and scored one two-point conversion for 2,253 career points. Vinatieri is one of only three kickers all-time with 500 career field goals made, joining Morten Andersen (565) and Gary Anderson (538). He ranks sixth all-time in career regular season games played. Vinatieri ranks third in league history in total points and is the NFL’s active leader. He notched 1,158 points during his 10 seasons (1996-2005) with the New England Patriots and is the only player in league history to record 1,000 points with two franchises. Vinatieri’s 84.1 career field goal percentage ranks 15th all-time. He has 26 game-winning field goals in the final minute of the fourth quarter or overtime. Vinatieri has earned AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors 15 times, NFL Player of the Week honors one time (playoffs) and has been named AFC Special Teams Player of Month four times (2015, 2004, 1999, 1998).
In 2015, Vinatieri converted 25-of-27 field goals (92.6 percent) and 32-of-35 PATs for 107 points. It marked his 18th 100-point season of his career, which extended an NFL record. After missing his first two field goal attempts of the season, Vinatieri finished the season connecting on 25 consecutive attempts, which is the fourth-highest streak in team history. He was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Month for November after he converted all 11 field goal attempts in the month and was the only kicker in the league to record a perfect percentage with 10-or-more kicks. He also added 9-of-10 PATs for 42 points in November. Over the last two seasons (2014-15), Vinatieri has the highest field goal percentage in the league (94.8) after making 55-of-58 field goals attempts.
Vinatieri joined the Colts after playing 10 seasons (1996-2005) with the New England Patriots. He is the only kicker in NFL history to record successful field goals in four Super Bowls (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX and XLI) and is the only kicker in league history to have played in five.
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The Indianapolis Colts today signed undrafted free agent long snapper Forrest Hill.
Hill, 6-1, 248 pounds, played in 38 career games at Auburn University from 2012-14. In 2014, he played in 12 games and handled all the snaps. Hill snapped on punts in all 14 games for the Tigers in 2013 and was a member of the Southeastern Conference Championship team that went 12-2 (7-1 in the SEC) and made an appearance in the Bowl Championship Series National Championship Game against Florida State. In 2012, he saw his first collegiate action and appeared in all 12 games as the long snapper on punts.
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The Indianapolis Colts today waived outside linebacker Bjoern Werner.
Werner, 6-3, 255 pounds has played in 38 career NFL games (16 starts) and collected 77 tackles (61 solo), 6.5 sacks, five passes defensed, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. He competed in 10 games last season and totaled 11 tackles and one fumble recovery.
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The Indianapolis Colts today signed tight end Dwayne Allen to a contract extension.
“From Jim Irsay and his family on down we are very pleased to announce the re-signing of Dwayne Allen,” said Colts General Manager Ryan Grigson. “Besides the broad skill set and overall talent level he brings, Dwayne’s tenacity and physicality has always been what has set him apart from the beginning. His genuine love for the people of this community, its fans and for the game of football is what makes him special.”
Allen, 6-3, 265 pounds, was selected by the Colts in the third round (64th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft. He has played in 43 career NFL games (42 starts) and caught 91 passes for 1,045 yards and 13 touchdowns. Allen has also appeared in four postseason contests (three starts) and collected 15 receptions for 141 yards and one touchdown. In 2015, he saw action in 13 games (12 starts) and caught 16 passes for 109 yards and one touchdown. Allen played in 13 games (13 starts) in 2014 and finished with 29 receptions for 395 yards and a career-high eight touchdowns. He and fellow tight end Coby Fleener became the first tight end duo on the same team to each record eight touchdowns apiece in a single season in NFL history. Allen saw action in all three postseason contests (two starts) in 2014 and caught 11 passes for 90 yards and one touchdown. In 2013, he started the season opener and caught a 20-yard touchdown pass. Allen missed Indianapolis’ Week 2 contest before being placed on the team’s Injured Reserve list in Week 3. As a rookie in 2012, he started all 16 games for the Colts and registered career highs in receptions (45) and receiving yards (521) to go along with three touchdowns. Allen started one playoff game and collected four receptions for 51 yards.
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