Friday, March 9, 2012
Colts' roster barren after five more cuts
By Paul Kuharsky
At the news conference making Peyton Manning’s release official, Colts owner Jim Irsay indicated more roster moves were pending.
They came down Friday, and the remaining roster is a barren landscape.
Gone are halfback Joseph Addai, tight end Dallas Clark, safety Melvin Bullitt, linebacker Gary Brackett, and quarterback Curtis Painter.
All but Painter are proven players who played important roles in the system the team run under the team’s top executive, Bill Polian, and coaches Tony Dungy and Jim Caldwell.
Those three powers are gone, and new GM Ryan Grigson and coach Chuck Pagano are starting with a virtual clean slate.
Addai is not the type of back the team will want as it looks to get bigger and more powerful. Clark, Bullitt and Brackett are officially injury-prone and aging.
Some of these moves bring accelerated cap hits, and might cost more than the significant salaries the players were scheduled to make will save.
But in a year, the team should be in much better financial shape -- and be adding instead of subtracting.
The next big question is defensive end Dwight Freeney, who's due $14 million this season and carries a $19 million cap number.