The Indianapolis Colts today waived guard Isiah Cage.
Cage, 6-5, 312 pounds, signed with the Colts as an undrafted free agent on May 2, 2016. He spent the entire 2016 season on the team’s Injured Reserve list. Cage participated in Indianapolis’ three-day rookie mini-camp last year. He spent three seasons at NCAA Division III Wisconsin-Eau Claire, playing in 27 games (24 starts) and earning All-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honors three times.
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The Indianapolis Colts today released cornerback Charles James, long snapper Matt Overton and safety Duke Williams. The team also waived linebacker Alex Bazzie, punter Devon Bell, long snapper Joe Fortunato, inside linebacker Deon King, safety Stefan McClure, cornerback Larry Scott and wide receiver Devin Street.
James, 5-9, 185 pounds, signed with the Colts as a free agent on December 12, 2016. He has played in 34 career games (one start) and totaled 28 tackles (18 solo), two passes defensed and 15 special teams stops in his time with the Colts (2016), Houston Texans (2014-16) and New York Giants (2013).
Overton, 6-1, 243 pounds, signed with Indianapolis as a free agent on April 2, 2012. He appeared in 80 games over five seasons (2012-16) with the Colts and registered 26 special teams tackles. Overton also saw action in six postseason contests with Indianapolis and tallied two special teams tackles. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2013.
Williams, 5-11, 201 pounds, signed with Indianapolis as a free agent on December 12, 2016. He has seen action in 58 career games (10 starts) and totaled 77 tackles (60 solo), 1.0 sack, five passes defensed, one interception, one forced fumble, three fumble recoveries and 14 special teams stops.
Bazzie, 6-2, 240 pounds, signed a reserve/future contract with the Colts on January 9, 2017. He spent the last three years (2014-16) with the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League. Bazzie played in 50 games and totaled 83 tackles, 29.0 sacks, two forced fumbles and eight special teams stops.
Bell, 6-2, 190 pounds, signed a reserve/future contract with Indianapolis on January 6, 2017. He participated in the Detroit Lions 2016 offseason program and training camp before being waived on August 29. Collegiately, Bell appeared in 50 games at Mississippi State and served as a punter, placekicker and kickoff specialist.
Fortunato, 6-5, 240 pounds, signed with the Colts as an undrafted free agent on March 23, 2017. He played in 46 career games as a four-year letterwinner (2012-15) at Delaware. Fortunato served as the team’s long snapper on punts all four years and was the long snapper on placements in his final two seasons. He finished with five special teams tackles.
King, 6-1, 230 pounds, was claimed by the Colts off waivers from the San Diego Chargers on November 15, 2016. Last season, he saw action in six games (two with San Diego and four with Indianapolis) and made one tackle. King also spent time on the Dallas Cowboys practice squad in 2016 after originally signing with the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent on May 6, 2016.
McClure, 5-11, 205 pounds, signed a reserve/future contract with Indianapolis on January 2, 2017. He spent the last four weeks of the 2016 season on the Colts practice squad. McClure participated in Indianapolis’ 2016 offseason program and training camp before being waived during final cuts on September 3. He originally signed with the Colts as an undrafted free agent on May 2, 2016. Collegiately, McClure appeared in 37 games (28 starts) at California and totaled 165 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack, two interceptions, 12 passes defensed and three fumble recoveries (one returned for a touchdown).
Scott, 5-11, 194 pounds, signed a reserve/future contract with the Colts on January 2, 2017. He participated in the San Diego Chargers’ 2016 offseason program and training camp before being waived during final cuts on September 3. Scott originally signed with the Chargers as an undrafted free agent on May 2, 2016. Collegiately, he played in 31 games at Oregon State and totaled 72 tackles (44 solo), 4.0 tackles for loss, one interception, one forced fumble and 15 passes defensed.
Street, 6-3, 200 pounds, spent time on the Colts active roster and practice squad last season. He has played in 36 career games (two starts) with Indianapolis (2016) and the Dallas Cowboys (2014-15). Street has caught 10 passes for 152 yards and one touchdown. He has also appeared in two postseason contests
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The Indianapolis Colts today announced that exclusive rights free agents wide receiver Quan Bray and tight end Erik Swoope have signed their tenders.
Bray, 5-10, 186 pounds, has played in 15 career games and totaled three receptions for 36 yards, one carry for seven yards, 28 punt returns for 224 yards (8.0 avg.) and 30 kickoff returns for 801 yards (26.7 avg.). He originally signed with the Colts as an undrafted free agent on May 5, 2015 out of Auburn.
In 2016, Bray saw action in six games, caught three passes for 36 yards and had one carry for seven yards. He also tallied seven punt returns for 58 yards (8.5 avg.) and nine kickoff returns for 231 yards (25.7 avg.). As a rookie in 2015, Bray spent the first seven weeks of the season on the team’s practice squad before being signed to the active roster and inserted as the Colts primary kickoff and punt returner. He finished his rookie season with 21 punt returns for 166 yards (7.9 avg.) and 21 kickoff returns for 570 yards (27.1 avg.). Despite playing in only nine games, Bray finished the season ranked sixth in the NFL in kickoff return average and 11th in kickoff return yards. Since taking over the duties in Week 8, his 570 kickoff return yards ranked fourth best in the NFL from Weeks 8-17.
Swoope, 6-5, 257 pounds, has appeared in 17 career games (four starts) and compiled 15 receptions for 297 yards (19.8 avg.) and one touchdown. He has also registered six special teams tackles. Swoope originally signed with the Colts as an undrafted free agent on May 13, 2014 after playing collegiate basketball at Miami (FL).
In 2016, Swoope saw action in all 16 games (four starts) for the first time in his career and caught 15 passes for 297 yards (19.8 avg.) and one touchdown. He also tallied six special teams tackles. Swoope spent the first 15 games of the 2015 season on the team’s practice squad before being signed to the active roster and appearing in one game. As a rookie in 2014, he spent the entire season on the team’s practice squad.
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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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The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agent tackle/guard Fahn Cooper.
Cooper, 6-5, 306 pounds, spent the entire 2016 season on the San Francisco 49ers practice squad. He participated in the 49ers 2016 offseason program and training camp before being waived during final cuts on September 3 and was signed to the team’s practice squad the next day. Cooper was originally selected by San Francisco in the fifth round (174th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft.
Collegiately, Cooper started all 26 games in two seasons (2014-15) at Mississippi. In 2015, he was the Kent Hull Trophy winner, presented to Mississippi’s college offensive lineman of the year. Cooper started all 13 games and helped the Rebels lead the SEC in scoring (40.8 points per game), total offense (517.8 yards per game) and passing offense (334.7 yards per game). The team ranked in the top 10 nationally and set school records in each category. In 2014, Cooper started all 13 games. Prior to Mississippi, he spent the 2013 season at the College of DuPage where he earned Second Team NJCAA All-America honors. Cooper began his collegiate career at Bowling Green and started all 13 games for the Falcons in 2012 after redshirting in 2011.
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