Indianapolis Colts Wiretap

Andrew Luck, Colts Make Progress On Extension

Apr 30, 2016 7:09 PM

The Indianapolis Colts and Andrew Luck have made significant progress on a contract extension.

Jim Irsay would like a deal with Luck to be agreed upon by the start of training camp in July.

During the NFL owners meetings in March, Irsay said he hoped a "nine-figure" deal would be reached with Luck by July 4.

"Talks are progressing well. We have made progress," said Irsay. "I mentioned Fourth of July before. I don't think that marker is something that needs to be watched as an indicator. We should be able to come to a deal. Until you do, we still have ground to cover. There's no question about that. It's a complicated contract. It's one that has to work both ways to make sure we're able to field a great football team."

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Colts To Honor Peyton Manning With Statue Outside Lucas Oil Stadium

Mar 18, 2016 1:08 PM

The Indianapolis Colts will erect a statue of Peyton Manning outside Lucas Oil Stadium and also retire No. 18.

"I think I speak for all Colt fans when I kind of feel like he's ours," Irsay said.

He added: "I just can't say enough about what he's meant for this franchise -- this city and state. Just simply run out of words thinking about how much No. 18 means to us, and so actions are the most powerful thing in life, more powerful than words."

Irsay compared the new statue of Manning to the gravesite of Jim Morrison in Paris.

"Just like Jim Morrison's grave, even though it's not a grave Peyton, it will be a destination for people to leave cans of Budweiser or notes for you, so we'll collect those and get them to you as years pass," Irsay said. "But we couldn't be more excited about the statue. It's not often you build a statue of someone in their lifetime, but we're really excited about putting this iconic statue outside Lucas Oil Stadium where it will stand for many, many years."

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Dwayne Allen Re-Signs With Colts On Four-Year, $29.4M Deal

Mar 7, 2016 7:58 PM

The Indianapolis Colts have agreed to re-sign Dwayne Allen on a four-year, $29.4 million deal.

Allen will get $12 million in year one, $17 million total through two years, and $22 million through three years. The includes $16 million guaranteed.

Allen had 16 catches last season.

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Colts Moving On From Matt Hasselbeck, Will Have Josh Freeman As Backup

Feb 29, 2016 2:14 PM

The Indianapolis Colts won't bring back Matt Hasselbeck in 2016.

Hasselbeck was 5-3 as a starter last season, helping the Colts stay in the playoff picture without Andrew Luck.

The Colts plan on having Josh Freeman serve as the backup at quarterback to Luck next season.


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Jonathan Newsome Released By Colts

Feb 22, 2016 12:08 PM

Jonathan Newsome has been released by the Indianapolis Colts.

Newsome was arrested on suspicion of marijuana possession last week.

Zionsville Police Department Sgt. Adrian Martin confirmed to NFL Media that Newsome was arrested on suspicion of marijuana possession early Wednesday morning.

This marks Newsome's second marijuana-related arrest. Newsome was suspended for two games at Ball State after he was arrested in August 2012 for marijuana possession.

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More Details Emerge Of Peyton Manning's Alleged Sexual Assault At UT

Feb 13, 2016 2:14 PM

Peyton Manning had two alleged sexual assaults against Jamie Ann Naughright during his collegiate career at Tennessee.

Naughright was the Director of Health & Wellness for the Men's Athletic Program at Tennessee.

Details of a 1994 incident were redacted from a 74-page document but there is information about an incident in 1996.

At page 14 of the 74-page document, Naughright’s lawyers tell the story of the 1996 incident, with excerpts from Naughright’s deposition regarding what allegedly occurred while she was examining Peyton Manning’s lower leg for a stress fracture.

“It was the gluteus maximus, the rectum, the testicles, and the area in between the testicles,” Naughright said. “And all that was on my face when I pushed him up and off.”

The 74-page document then alleges that Manning worked with another Tennessee trainer, Mike Rollo, to “hatch a story” that Manning was “mooning” another UT athlete. That was the version, according to Naughright’s lawyers, that Peyton Manning and Rollo provided to investigators and the media, and it was the version that appeared in the Mannings’ book.

“That’s what struck me as so bizarre about the whole situation,” Peyton Manning testified in the lawsuit, “that she was distraught, she was upset, and it seemed unusual. And I think I’ve described it in here as an incredible awkward or unusual occurrence. And I have no explanations for it.”

The 74-page document also alleges that Peyton Manning later taunted Naughright by reenacting the incident two other times.

“Mr. Manning looked at me. The athlete was behind me. He pulled down his pants and sat on the athlete’s face,” Naughright testified as to the first incident of reenacting/taunting.

Archie Manning allegedly made comments to the ghost writer of the Mannings’ book regarding Naughright, including an alleged statement from Archie Manning to the ghost writer that Naughright, who is white, “had been out with a lot of black guys.”

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Matt Hasselbeck 'Strongly Leaning' Toward Playing In 2016

Feb 12, 2016 2:09 PM

Matt Hasselbeck is open to returning for an 18th NFL season at the age of 40.

"I haven't really made up my mind completely on it," Hasselbeck said. "You have to kind of count the cost to what it would mean. What you're saying 'yes' to and what you're saying 'no' to. My kids are getting older, but all in all I would say that I'm strongly leaning toward playing again. We'll see."

Hasselbeck has been a strong mentor for Andrew Luck with the Indianapolis Colts, but they could decide to sign a younger backup.

Hasselbeck was 5-3 as a starter in 2015.

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Colts Promise Andrew Luck's New Contract Will Be 'Shocking'

Feb 10, 2016 1:12 PM

Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts will almost certainly agree upon a long-term extension this offseason.

"It's going to be a big number," Jim Irsay told WISH-TV, via the team's official site. "It's going to be a shocking number, nine figures and probably a $20 million starting point per year, but again we will find the right number to get to."

Joe Flacco, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Matt Ryan, Cam Newton, Tony Romo, Colin Kaepernick and Jay Cutler have all signed nine-figure deals in the past five years.

The shocking part of Luck's deal could come in the form of a guarantee percentage.

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Patriots, Panthers Have Best 2016 Super Bowl Odds (All Teams Listed)

Feb 8, 2016 10:41 AM

The New England Patriots are the favorites to win the 2016 Super Bowl at 9-1.

The Patriots lost to the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship Game, while the team with the second best odds, the Carolina Panthers, lost to the Broncos in the Super Bowl.

The Broncos have the ninth best odds at 18-1.

New England -- 9-1
Carolina -- 10-1
Seattle -- 11-1
Green Bay -- 12-1
Pittsburgh -- 12-1
Arizona -- 15-1
Cincinnati -- 15-1
Indianapolis -- 15-1
Denver -- 18-1
Dallas -- 24-1
Kansas City -- 25-1
Minnesota -- 25-1
Philadelphia -- 35-1
Baltimore -- 38-1
Giants -- 42-1
Jets -- 42-1
Buffalo -- 45-1
Houston -- 45-1
Atlanta -- 50-1
LA Rams -- 50-1
Washington -- 50-1
Miami -- 60-1
Detroit -- 60-1
Oakland -- 60-1
Chicago -- 65-1
New Orleans -- 65-1
San Diego -- 75-1
Jacksonville -- 85-1
San Francisco -- 110-1
Tampa Bay -- 110-1
Cleveland -- 200-1
Tennessee -- 220-1

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Irsay Asks Peyton Manning To Retire With Colts

Feb 4, 2016 11:52 AM

Jim Irsay would like Peyton Manning to retire with the Indianapolis Colts.

"I want him to and I've asked him to," Irsay told WISH-TV's Anthony Calhoun in Indianapolis. "I would love to have him retire as a Colt and how he handles that part of his career."

Irsay conceded that Manning "really has tunnel vision."

Manning left the Colts in 2012 to join the Denver Broncos.

"I told Peyton right after the (AFC Championship Game) everyone here is so excited, and it's so deserving because I don't think anyone is more respected by everyone in the game, meaning you guys in the media to the players on the field he's playing against," Irsay added. "It's just so deserving, it really is."

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Panthers Made Blockbuster Offer To Colts For Peyton Manning In 1998
Bill Polian had drafted Kerry Collins just three years earlier when he was GM of the Panthers.

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Team With Better Defense 10-7 In Brady-Manning Games
Tom Brady had the better defense 10 times in his head-to-head meetings compared to seven for Peyton Manning.

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Colts Fire Defensive Coordinator Greg Manusky
Greg Manusky joined the Colts with Chuck Pagano in 2012.

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Seahawks Lead NFL In DVOA For 4th Straight Season (Infographic)
The Seahawks, Bengals, Cardinals, Panthers and Chiefs finished the 2015 regular season in the top-10 in both Offensive and Defensive DVOA.

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Colts Expressed Interest In Sean Payton Before Extending Pagano
Sean Payton and Saints brass met extensively Monday to discuss his future in New Orleans.

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Chuck Pagano Agrees To Extension With Colts
The Colts were widely expected to fire Chuck Pagano.

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Colts Yet To Reach Decision On Future Of Chuck Pagano
There have been reports Chuck Pagano will be fired by the Colts, which makes the delay puzzling.

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Colts Plan On Firing Chuck Pagano
The Colts struggled this season and Chuck Pagano's relationship with Ryan Grigson turned "toxic."

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Report: Peyton Manning Received HGH Supply In 2011
Peyton Manning has been listed in a new Al Jazeera report as one of several prominent professional athletes who were supplied illegal performance-enhancing drugs from a pharmacist.


Andrew Luck Ruled Out For Week 16
Andrew Luck is still recovering from a lacerated kidney.

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Joey Bosa, Paxton Lynch Go 1st, 2nd In First McShay Draft
Todd McShay has Joey Bosa going first overall to the Titans in his initial mock for the 2016 NFL Draft.

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Andrew Luck Returns To Practice, Won't Play In Week 15
Andrew Luck said he did not yet feel 100 percent and said that he had two medical hurdles to clear before suiting up.

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Chuck Pagano: They Can Fire You But Can't Eat You
The job security of Chuck Pagano remains an issue as the Colts have suffered two straight blowout losses.


Colts Unsure If Andrew Luck Will Play Again In 2015
Andrew Luck has been getting regular scans on his lacerated kidney, as often as every fourth day.

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Colts Remain Uncertain When Andrew Luck Will Return
The Colts initially said Andrew Luck would be back in 2-6 weeks.

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Colts Not Entertaining Starting Hasselback Over Healthy Luck
Chuck Pagano said Andrew Luck is the starter when healthy, though that prospect remains "week to week."

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Nick Saban Unlikely To Leave Alabama For NFL Job
The Colts are among the teams that have been linked to a pursuit of Nick Saban.

Jason La Canfora/CBS Sports

Colts Interested In Hiring Nick Saban
Jim Irsay may be preparing to fire Chuck Pagano with the hope of hiring Nick Saban away from Alabama.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Andrew Luck Out Several Weeks With Lacerated Kidney
Andrew Luck will not require surgery.

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Andrew Luck Believes He's To Blame For Dismissal Of Pep Hamilton
Andrew Luck has completed just 54.9 percent of his passes with 13 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

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