The Indianapolis Colts today released defensive tackle Arthur Jones.
Jones, 6-3, 320 pounds, was signed by the Colts as an unrestricted free agent on March 13, 2014. He has played in 63 career games (31 starts) and totaled 172 tackles (95 solo), 10.0 sacks and two forced fumbles. Jones has appeared in nine postseason contests (five starts) and tallied 22 tackles (11 solo), 1.0 sack and two fumble recoveries. In 2016, he started all eight games he played in and registered 30 tackles (15 solo).
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The Indianapolis Colts today signed undrafted free agent long snapper Joe Fortunato.
Fortunato, 6-5, 240 pounds, played in 46 career games as a four-year letterwinner (2012-15) at Delaware. He served as the team’s long snapper on punts all four years and was the long snapper on placements in his final two seasons with the Blue Hens. Fortunato did not miss a game during his career and finished with five special teams tackles.
As a senior in 2015, Fortunato played in all 11 games. He appeared in all 12 games in 2014 and tallied two special teams stops. Fortunato was part of a unit that ranked first in the Colonial Athletic Association and seventh in the NCAA in net punting (38.5). In 2013, he saw action in all 12 games and made one special teams tackle. Delaware led the CAA and ranked second in the NCAA in net punting (41.47 avg.) in 2013. Fortunato played in all 11 games as a freshman in 2012 and compiled two special teams stops. He originally joined the Blue Hens as a walk-on tight end.
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The Indianapolis Colts today signed unrestricted free agent outside linebacker Jabaal Sheard.
“Jabaal brings a wealth of experience and veteran leadership to our locker room,” said Colts General Manager Chris Ballard. “His size and speed are the conduit to his pass rushing ability as he creates matchup difficulties for opponents. Jabaal is equally talented against the run and in pass coverage. His addition provides a good player for our defense and we’re excited to have him as a member of the Colts.”
Sheard, 6-3, 265 pounds, is a six-year NFL veteran who spent two seasons with the New England Patriots (2015-16) and four years with the Cleveland Browns (2011-14). He was a member of New England’s Super Bowl LI championship team last season. Sheard has competed in 89 career games (59 starts) and has totaled 260 tackles (170 solo), 36.0 sacks, 43.0 tackles for loss, 18 passes defensed, 11 forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He has also participated in five postseason games, totaling 16 tackles (nine solo), half a sack and 1.0 tackle for loss.
“Jabaal is a tough football player who can help set the edge against the run and get after the quarterback,” said Colts Head Coach Chuck Pagano. “He will be a good addition and I look forward to seeing him contribute to our team.”
In 2016, Sheard saw action in 15 games (eight starts) and finished with 33 tackles (20 solo), 5.0 sacks, 7.0 tackles for loss and four passes defensed. He recorded half a sack in Super Bowl LI in addition to two tackles. Sheard played in 13 games and recorded 37 tackles, 8.0 sacks, two passes defensed and four forced fumbles in 2015. During his final year in Cleveland (2014), he posted 44 tackles, 2.0 sacks and three passes defensed in 16 games. In 2013, Sheard competed in 13 contests and tallied 35 tackles, 5.5 sacks, four passes defensed and one fumble recovery. He was nominated by the Browns as the team’s Walter Payton Man of the Year that season. In 2012, Sheard started all 16 games for the second time in his career and tied his career-high with 55 tackles while adding 7.0 sacks, three passes defensed and one forced fumble. In his rookie season with Cleveland (2011), he started all 16 games and set a career-high with 8.5 sacks while adding 55 tackles, two passes defensed, five forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. Sheard’s tackle and sack total both ranked third among all NFL rookies as he was named to the PFW/PFWA All-Rookie team.
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The Indianapolis Colts today released cornerback Patrick Robinson.
Robinson, 5-11, 191 pounds, was signed by the Colts as an unrestricted free agent in 2016. He played in seven games last season and totaled 26 tackles (20 solo), five passes defensed and one forced fumble. In seven NFL seasons with the Colts (2016), San Diego Chargers (2015) and New Orleans Saints (2010-14), Robinson has compiled 260 tackles (211 solo), 10 interceptions, 59 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and 1.0 sack.
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Indianapolis Colts tackle/guard Joe Reitz today announced that he is retiring from the NFL.
“I’m privileged to have had the opportunity to coach Joe for five seasons here in Indianapolis,” said Head Coach Chuck Pagano. “He stood out as a selfless player who was respected by his teammates in addition to being a tremendous family man. As a native of the Indianapolis area, Joe made an impact on the community he grew up in. He demonstrated how one should conduct himself on and off the field and all Hoosiers and Colts fans alike should be proud of the way he represented himself. We are thankful for Joe’s contributions to this organization and wish him the best moving forward.”
Reitz played in 73 games (44 starts) in six seasons (2010-16) with the Colts. The versatile offensive lineman saw action at left guard, right guard, left tackle and right tackle during his career. Reitz also started three postseason contests for the team. Prior to Indianapolis, he spent time with the Miami Dolphins (2010) and Baltimore Ravens (2008-09). Reitz originally signed with the Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2008 after playing collegiate basketball at Western Michigan.
In 2016, Reitz saw action in 13 games (six starts) and blocked for a Colts offense that ranked tied for fifth in the NFL in passing yards per game (262.6), seventh in points scored (397) and 10th in yards per game (364.4). He helped pave the way for running back Frank Gore who logged the team’s first 1,000-yard rushing season dating back to 2007. In 2015, Reitz competed in all 16 games for the first time in his career and made 14 starts at different positions (10 at right tackle, two at left tackle and two at right guard).
Reitz was named the recipient of Indianapolis’ 2015 Ed Block Courage Award. One of the most active Colts players in the community, the Fishers, Ind. native is very passionate about supporting his fellow Hoosiers and is heavily involved in charitable endeavors in the greater Indianapolis region. He has hosted youth football camps at Hamilton Southeastern High School, St. Louis de Montfort Catholic School and Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Carmel, Ind. Reitz worked with the Knights of Columbus to host a Special Olympics mini combine at the Colts practice facility in February of 2015. He has visited Riley Hospital for Children to meet with patients during the holiday season. For the last four years, Reitz and his wife have hosted a Tackling Homelessness Event for Horizon House. He is active in Christian outreach efforts and Indianapolis CYO programs. Reitz has served as a guest speaker for All Pro Dad’s Chapter Breakfast at Hazel Dell Elementary School and at Coburn Place’s Blue Breakfast. He also read to students as part of the Colts Day in Schools event and was a reader for Read Across America Week.
In 2014, Reitz competed in 10 games (four starts) and was part of an offensive line that assisted the team in setting a single-season franchise record for net yards (6,506). He also started all three postseason contests at right tackle. In 2013, Reitz played in 14 games (three starts) on the offensive line and assisted Indianapolis in averaging 108.9 rushing yards per game, the team’s highest total since 2006. He competed in nine games (eight starts) in 2012. In 2011, Reitz appeared in 11 games (nine starts). He spent time on the Colts active roster and practice squad in 2010.
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The Indianapolis Colts will conduct their 2017 summer training camp at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center. Practices will be closed to the public, but fans will have the opportunity to attend two off-site practices being planned at local venues.
The Colts summer training camps have taken place at Anderson University since 2010. They were previously conducted at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (1999-2009), and in Anderson beginning with the Colts arrival in Indiana (1984) until 1998.
“Anderson University and the people of Anderson have been incredibly gracious and enthusiastic hosts,” said Colts Owner and CEO Jim Irsay. “The dynamics of NFL training camps have changed through the years, and more teams are staying at home. Last summer, with weather being a factor, we practiced only 11 times in Anderson. While our camp plans beyond 2017 are uncertain, staying home this summer should help us with future determinations.”
The dates for this year’s camp will be announced in the near future.
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