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Colts Release D'Qwell Jackson, Save $5.5M In Cap Space

Feb 9, 2017 5:56 PM

The Indianapolis Colts have released veteran linebacker D'Qwell Jackson.

Jackson led the Colts in tackles in two of his three seasons with the team.

The Colts will save $5.5 million in salary cap space as the 33-year-old Jackson was scheduled to make a $5 million base salary in 2017 as well as a $500,000 roster bonus due March 13.

"D'Qwell is a consummate professional," Chuck Pagano said in a statement. "The way he approaches the game is second to none. His leadership and mentorship provided a valuable example for the younger players on this team. We are grateful for all of his contributions to the organization and wish him the best."

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Dungy On Claims Of Stealing Signals: 'That's All Part Of The Game'

Feb 9, 2017 8:03 AM

Tony Dungy says the Indianapolis Colts never cheated during his years as coach of the team after Deion Sanders accused Indianapolis of doing so.

Sanders made the comments as an analyst for NFL Network after Sunday's Super Bowl about the Colts cheating when colleague LaDainian Tomlinson said some might question the New England Patriots' success because of Spygate.

"Those same critics, did they say anything about the wins that the Indianapolis Colts had? You want to talk about that, too? Because they were getting everybody's signals," Sanders said. "Come on, you don't walk up to the line and look over here and the man on the sideline giving you the defense that they've stolen the plays of. We all knew. LT knew. Everybody in the NFL knew. We just didn't let the fans know. That was real and that was happening in Indy."

Dungy was on "Pro Football Talk Live" on Wednesday to explain that the Colts, like all other teams, did steal signals, but never cheated.

"I think we have to go back to what is cheating," Dungy said. "People accusing us of cheating? I don't think that's the case. Stealing signals? You can go back to the 1800s in baseball, you can go anywhere there were signals done, and people were looking and watching and trying to get signals."

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Pat McAfee Retires After Eight Seasons To Join Barstool Sports

Feb 2, 2017 8:12 AM

Pat McAfee has announced his retirement from football at the age of 29.

McAfee made the announcement on Comedy Central and said he plans to work for Barstool Sports.

The punter has done stand-up comedy in Indiana the past couple of offseasons.

McAfee met with Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay for 45 minutes Monday to tell him about the decision. He still had two years remaining on his five-year, $14.5 million contract.

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Chris Ballard Will Retain Chuck Pagano For 2017

Jan 30, 2017 12:22 PM

Chris Ballard will retain Chuck Pagano in 2017 as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts before reevaluating him for the 2018 season.

While Jim Irsay announced Jan. 21 that Pagano would return next season, there was some belief that Ballard would choose to dismiss Pagano and hire his own coach. 

The former Kansas City Chiefs director of football operations is replacing Ryan Grigson, who was fired after the Colts had consecutive 8-8 seasons and missed the playoffs.

The Colts will have more than $50 million in salary-cap space during free agency to build around Andrew Luck.

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Colts Hire Chris Ballard As General Manager

Jan 30, 2017 8:29 AM

The Indianapolis Colts have found a replacement for Ryan Grigson.

The Colts have named Chris Ballard their new general manager. Grigson was fired Jan. 21 after five seasons with the organization.

"Chris has a solid reputation throughout the National Football League as a heavyweight executive and our extensive discussions with him confirmed that reputation," Jim Irsay said in a statement. "He's a savvy, organized, and thorough talent evaluator, but beyond that, he's a terrific person our community will be proud of."

Ballard joined the Kansas City Chiefs as director of player personnel in 2013 and was later promoted to director of football operations.

The Colts, who will have more than $50 million in salary-cap space during free agency, are coming off back-to-back seasons in which they missed the playoffs with 8-8 records.

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Jonathan Kraft Takes Shot At Ryan Grigson In Wake Of His Firing

Jan 23, 2017 8:07 AM

The New England Patriots are heading to the Super Bowl yet again, but they haven't forgotten how the Deflategate saga began.

Jonathan Kraft expressed little sympathy for former Indianapolis Colts general manager Ryan Grigson, who was fired on Saturday.

During Kraft's weekly appearance on 98.5 The Sports Hub on Sunday, he deflected a question about Grigson's firing before referring to the AFC Championship Game against Indianapolis that started Deflategate. "That game might have been Ryan's pinnacle, I don't know," Kraft said.

The Patriots beat the Colts 45-7 in the conference title game on Jan. 18, 2015.

Grigson later explained why he alerted the NFL about the Patriots' footballs, saying he wanted an even playing field. The Wells report also detailed Grigson's role in alerting the NFL via email before the AFC Championship Game.

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Colts Fire Ryan Grigson As General Manager

Jan 21, 2017 9:26 PM

The Indianapolis Colts have fired Ryan Grigson as general manager after five seasons.

Chuck Pagano will be retained at least for the 2017 season as head coach.

Grigson was under contract for three more seasons.

"It was gut, intuitive, instinct from looking at where we were and where we are as a franchise," Irsay said. "I think that we needed to make a change, I felt. Intuitively you get the feeling when the timing's right where a change will help and whereas continuity is something that I really want and long to have as much as we can have it, but in this case I really felt the time was right to make a change. We needed some new direction just in the vision of our football program. That's from talking to a lot of people and giving it a lot of thought."

There also had been uncertainty about Pagano's future, but Irsay left no question there: "He's our coach for 2017."

Irsay said he has already compiled a list of candidates -- one that will not include Peyton Manning -- and plans to start an extensive search for a new GM.

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Andrew Luck Undergoes Shoulder Surgery

Jan 19, 2017 11:08 AM

Andrew Luck has undergone shoulder surgery, team owner Jim Irsay announced in a tweet Thursday morning.

The recovery period reportedly won't interfere with Luck's 2017 season.

During the Colts' trip to London this season, Irsay said Luck did not have major problems with his right shoulder, which was initially injured in 2015, and would not need surgery.

After missing two games in 2015 with a shoulder injury, Luck aggravated the injury while trying to make a tackle after throwing an interception against the Denver Broncos in Week 2 this season.

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Peyton Manning Receiving Interest From Colts To Run Front Office

Jan 14, 2017 9:29 PM

The Indianapolis Colts have made a "strong push" to hire Peyton Manning as head of football.

Jim Irsay also pursued Jon Gruden to be the Colts' head coach, but that possibility has been ruled out. Irsay still hopes to land Manning.

Manning played 13 seasons with the Colts and has reportedly had interest in a front office role in retirement.

The Colts are currently run by Ryan Grigson.

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Colts Attempted To Hire Jon Gruden

Jan 14, 2017 1:44 PM

Jim Irsay pursued Jon Gruden to become the next head coach of the Indianapolis Colts. Gruden instead will remain in the booth for ESPN's Monday Night Football.

Gruden previously resisted exploratory calls this offseason from the Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers.

Gruden intends to remain in the television booth, sources said, in part because of the coaching restrictions of the NFL's collective bargaining agreement.

He has denied any discussions with Irsay, saying: "I know nothing. I've told people I'm not coaching. I'm a broadcaster. I'm not a coach."

The Colts retained Chuck Pagano this offseason as head coach.

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Colts Give Chuck Pagano Assurance He'll Return Next Season
Chuck Pagano has received assurance from owner Jim Irsay that he'll return as head coach of the Colts next season, according to a report.

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Eight Teams Can Be Forced To Appear On Hard Knocks In 2017
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No Teams Finish 2016 In Top-10 In Both Offensive, Defensive DVOA
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Robert Mathis To Retire At Age Of 35
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Andrew Luck Tries To Accept Blame For Colts Missing Playoffs
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Only Steelers Rank In Top-10 In Offense, Defense DVOA (Infographic)
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Colts Don't Anticipate Replacing Chuck Pagano, Ryan Grigson
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D'Qwell Jackson Suspended Four Games For PED Violation
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Frank Gore Passes Tony Dorsett For Eighth On Rushing List
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Colts Expect Andrew Luck To Return From Concussion For Week 13
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Andrew Luck Suffers Concussion In Win Over Titans
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Donte Moncrief Hopeful Of Returning For Week 8
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Adam Vinatieri Breaks Record For Consecutive FGs
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Frank Gore On Colts' Struggles: 'I Didn't Come Here For This'
Frank Gore signed with the Colts in 2015 as they were coming off consecutive division titles and three straight postseason appearances.

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Frank Gore Becomes First Colt To Rush For 100 Yards Since 2012

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Andrew Luck On Hits: Blame Me For Holding The Ball Too Long
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Ryan Grigson '100 Percent On Same Page' With Chuck Pagano
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Ryan Grigson Blames Andrew Luck's Brand New Contract For Colts' D
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Kurt Warner: Colts Are Asking Too Much From Andrew Luck
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Colts Sign Stevan Ridley
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