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Clearly, the Colts are looking to get younger after last season’s dramatic crash.
Things unraveled in 2011 as Manning missed the entire season with a neck injury after signing a five-year, $90 million deal last July. The Sept. 8 medical procedure was the most recent of his multiple neck surgeries. Without him, the Colts lost their first 13 games and finished 2-14.
The reward for that sorry performance was the No. 1 pick in next month’s draft, a choice the team is expected to use on Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck.
Whether it’s Luck or someone else running the offense, things will look different on both sides of the ball.
Addai piled up 4,453 yards rushing and 39 touchdowns over six seasons in Indianapolis, making the Pro Bowl in 2007. Clark spent nine years with the Colts, setting team records and creating a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses as he caught 427 passes for 4,887 yards and 46 touchdowns. He became the second tight end in NFL history to tally 100-plus receptions and was chosen for the Pro Bowl in 2009.
Brackett spent nine seasons in Indy and finished with 754 tackles (448 solo), four sacks and 12 interceptions. Bullitt, a five-year veteran of the Colts, had 189 tackles (122 solo), seven interceptions, two forced fumbles and seven passes defensed.
Painter, a sixth-round draft pick in 2009, played sparingly until 2011, when he made eight starts as the Colts desperately tried to find a replacement for Manning. In all, he was 140 of 271 for 1,624 yards, six touchdowns, 11 interceptions and a 60.6 quarterback rating.
And most, if not all of the players, were prominent in the community, too.
That will make it even harder for the fans to accept.
“What is wrong with the colts one bad season and you cut the whole team! I will never go to another colts game!! (hash)unhappycoltsfan tweeted Pacers guard George Hill, who grew up in Indianapolis and played college ball at IUPUI in the city.
“They’re tremendous players that meant so much to the franchise, so it’s been rough,” Grigson said. “I respect them all as players, they’ve all been great in the community and they were all home-raised here. They are Colts and they always will be Colts.
“We looked at the options and we’ve done everything we can,” he said when asked if they could have redone some deals to keep the cornerstone players. “It is what it is, and you know how this business is. It’s tough.”
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