Indianapolis Colts: Tashard Choice

Colts free-agency tracker

March, 19, 2014
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INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis Colts opened free agency with the fourth-most salary-cap space in the league. Their cap space has shrunk after signing several free agents like cornerback Vontae Davis and defensive lineman Arthur Jones. The Colts have about $13.5 million in cap space remaining.

They’re still in need of a safety and possibly a guard and another center.

Here's a look at who the Colts have signed, who has moved on and who is still waiting to sign with a team.

Heading to Indianapolis

DE/DT Arthur Jones

Status: Signed a five-year, $33 million contract with $10 million guaranteed

LB D'Qwell Jackson

Status: Signed four-year, $22 million contract with $11 million guaranteed

C Phil Costa

Status: Signed a one-year, $1.2 million contract with $450,000 guaranteed

WR Hakeem Nicks

Status: Signed a one-year, $3.9 million contract with $2.25 million guaranteed

Staying put

RB Ahmad Bradshaw

Status: Signed a one-year deal for $855,000

CB Vontae Davis

Status: Signed a four-year deal for $39 million with $20 million guaranteed

S Sergio Brown

Status: Signed a one-year deal for $1.4 million with $300,000 guaranteed

P Pat McAfee

Status: Signed a five-year deal for $14.5 million with $5 million guaranteed

K Adam Vinatieri

Status: Signed a two-year contract for $5 million with $500,000 guaranteed

Moving on

S Antoine Bethea

Status: Signed a four-year, $23 million contract with $9.25 guaranteed with San Francisco

C Samson Satele

Status: Released on March 6

RB Donald Brown

Status: Signed a three-year, $10 million contract with $4 million guaranteed with San Diego

OL Jeff Linkenbach

Status: Signed a one-year, $900,000 contract with $250,000 guaranteed with Kansas City

LB Kavell Conner

Status: Signed a three-year, $2.7 million with San Diego

Still waiting

OL Justin Anderson, RB Tashard Choice, DT Aubrayo Franklin, WR Darrius Heyward-Bey, LB Scott Lutrus, DE Ricardo Mathews, DT Jake McDonough, OL Mike McGlynn, LB Lawrence Sidbury, CB Cassius Vaughn, LB Pat Angerer
INDIANAPOLIS -- All Indianapolis Colts running back Trent Richardson saw was a hole open up when he took the handoff on their first offensive series of the second quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs last weekend.

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A hole opening up for Richardson is big news when you take into consideration the struggles he’s had this season.

But everything changed when Richardson tried to switch hands with the ball. The ball went to the ground and the Chiefs recovered it.

That put an end to Richardson’s night with carrying the ball and added to what’s been a tough first season with the Colts.

“I messed up and I kicked myself in the butt all night about it,” Richardson said. “I even argued with my brother just because I was mad. And nobody even made me fumble. Trying to make the play, trying to do something extra and make the play. The hole was there. I thought I made the cut and I was going to be up out of there. I think I got too excited.”

Richardson didn’t have any more carries and he wasn’t part of the passing game in his first playoff game. That’s not how anybody envisioned things, especially Richardson.

That was Richardson’s third fumble -- two were recovered by the defense -- of the season.

The Colts, with the help of quarterback Andrew Luck, rushed for 100 yards on 19 carries against the Chiefs.

“No, I haven’t lost any confidence in Trent at all,” Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton said. “As a matter of fact, we’re counting on Trent and Donald [Brown] and even Tashard [Choice] because we only have a few backs to be ready to go out and play. We know that they’ll play well.”

Signing Draughn means Brown might sit

December, 17, 2013
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INDIANAPOLIS – Lost in the news of linebacker Pat Angerer going on injured reserve because of a knee injury was that the Indianapolis Colts signed running back Shaun Draughn to take Angerer’s spot on the roster.

The signing gives the indication that the stinger Donald Brown suffered against the Houston Texans last weekend could cause him to miss some time.

If that’s the case, Trent Richardson, who rushed for 64 yards against the Texans, would move back into the starting lineup and Tashard Choice, whom the Colts signed last week after Chris Rainey was lost for the season, would likely back him up against Kansas City this weekend.

“Really don’t have a choice,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said Monday when asked about putting Choice in the rotation. “I wouldn’t have any regardless, but it’s really all we have. He’s going to have to. And I like what he did [Sunday] coming in and had the good return on the kickoff return and got some carries in the back. He’s a smart guy, he’s a tough guy, he’s ran the ball before, so I have no problems.”

Draughn has appeared in 20 games, rushing 63 times for 235 yards and two touchdowns while bouncing around with the Chiefs, Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens. He can also return kickoffs.

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