Colts release Joseph Addai,Gary Brackett, Melvin Bullitt, Dallas Clark and Curtis Painter

Peyton wasn't the only one: The Colts cut 5 more

3/9/12 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

The Colts made big news when they released Peyton Manning, but it looks like he's not the only one leaving town.

In addition to Manning, the Colts just released Dallas Clark, Melvin Bullitt, Curtis Painter, Gary Brackett and Joseph Addai. Add that to free agent WR Reggie Wayne, and it looks like we'll be seeing a dramatically different Colts team next year.

It's probably not a bad thing, since they were the worst team in the NFL, and one of the worst teams I've seen in a long time, but it's a bit of a surprise to see all of these guys let loose in one fell swoop.

Some might have a hard time landing new jobs, like Painter, who was terrible last year as Manning's replacement. Others, like Dallas Clark, might find a landing spot despite getting up there in terms of age.

The Colts are in full rebuilding mode now, and that has been made clear with the release of Manning and the rest of these guys. It's Luck or Bust time, and now they have a lot of flexibility, if nothing else.

Owner Jim Irsay definitely has a plan in place for the Colts, and it's going to involve at least one or two more seasons of losing a lot of games, from the looks of it. Not that any of these guys were All-Pros, but when you clean house like this, prepare for a few seasons of mediocrity. Or, in the Colts' case, MORE mediocrity.

Hopefully Andrew Luck is as good as they think he'll be, or this could be a seriously dysfunctional franchise for a long time.
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3/12/12   |   TigerSooner   |   125 respect

Scott wrote:
Colts were probably going to struggle next year under Andrew Luck anyway so they might as well clean house of all the big $$$ contracts and start with a clean slate in 2012.  The crazy part is envisioning a Colts starting offense in 2012 that right now would have 0 returning starters at the skilled positions.  That has to be a huge culture shock for Colts fans

At least they don't have to worry bout seein the Drama Queen Jr. and I get the feelin that Luck's goin to do just fine.

3/10/12   |   TigerSooner   |   125 respect

It doesn't surprise me that they let Painter and Joseph go. Joseph said a couple of months ago among friends that he thought he'd be gone fore the first of the season. His age has a lot to do with things and naggin injuries with others. I wish he was still up to playin 4 full quarters but I know it's just not possible. God bless him, here's to you and the memories you gave this fan of your's whether you be at LSU or Indy.

3/10/12   |   Dream_Machine   |   13149 respect

For a Moment There I Thought April 1st Came Early This Year... surprise

3/9/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

When you know you're not going anywhere, you might as well blow it completely up. No need to half ass it.

3/9/12   |   Scott   |   51960 respect

Colts were probably going to struggle next year under Andrew Luck anyway so they might as well clean house of all the big $$$ contracts and start with a clean slate in 2012.  The crazy part is envisioning a Colts starting offense in 2012 that right now would have 0 returning starters at the skilled positions.  That has to be a huge culture shock for Colts fans