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News » Indianapolis Colts Notes, Quotes 2009-03-20

Indianapolis Colts Notes, Quotes 2009-03-20

Indianapolis Colts Notes, Quotes 2009-03-20

--QB Peyton Manning pocketed another $4,483 for his 2008 performance. The check is part of the NFL's performance-based pay program. The program, which allots $3.25 million to each team, compensates players based on a comparison of their playing time and annual pay. Every player who stepped on the field for at least one play gets a check.

The largest checks for Colts players went to OG Charlie Johnson ($201,309), S Antoine Bethea ($195,706) and S Melvin Bullitt ($186,432) and C/OG Jamey Richard ($181,596). Also, TE Gijon Robinson ($158,882), DT Keyunta Dawson ($158,080), LB Clint Session ($134,605) and LB Freddy Keiaho ($134,203), DT Eric Foster ($133,877) and CB Tim Jennings ($118,984).

DE Dwight Freeney earned $9,828 while S Bob Sanders picked up an additional $3,751. Backup OT Corey Hilliard, meanwhile, received a check for $947.

"I knew when it came time for them to cut the check, mine would be pretty good because of how much I played," Jennings said. "I played more than a lot of people expected (he had 13 starts) because of injuries to Kelvin (Hayden) and Marlin (Jackson)."

--Jacob Tamme and Tom Santi were rookie tight ends in 2008. Injuries kept both of them from making a major impact in the Colts' offensive game plan. That may be about to change as Indianapolis begins preparations for the 2009 campaign.

"Both guys are capable," Caldwell said. "Neither one of them has played an extensive amount at this point in time. We do anticipate their role will probably increase in the next year."

--Getting C Jeff Saturday back in the fold was a key off-season move for the Colts. Saturday signed a three-year deal with the team and will continue to provide some much needed knowledge to some of the team's young offensive linemen.

"Really, he has been a cornerstone of the offensive line for a number of years. He certainly has been a very productive player. He has been a guy who week in and week out has set a great tone, overall, for our interior. But more than that, the intangibles he brings in terms of locker room, in terms of experience, in terms of his effort and his day-in, day-out professionalism - all of those things bring so much to the table that we're indeed happy to have him back. He certainly is of great value to our team," Caldwell said.

--The first year head coach has yet to have a sit down meeting with his entire roster. That is expected to happen relatively soon.

"First of all, it's not like I haven't thought about it, nor is it like I haven't worked on a number of the areas I'm going to discuss. So, yeah, I've thought about it, but I haven't agonized over it, because the great majority of them know me," Caldwell said. "Maybe they don't know me in this particular capacity, but it's not going to be anything they're not accustomed to in dealing with me and there won't be any huge surprises, I don't think."

--Lucas Oil Stadium -- the Colts' home stadium -- along with Fenway Park in Boston, Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., TD Banknorth Garden in Boston and the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia have been selected as nominees in the Sports Facility of the Year category for the 2009 Sports Business Awards presented by Street & Smith's SportsBusiness Journal.

--Colts DE Dwight Freeney is an excellent limo driver incognito. Just ask two women who flew to Los Angeles to discuss their gold-digging natures with self-help guru Dr. Phil. The guests didn't realize the man in the limo driver outfit was a famous football player with a $76 million contract.

Freeney asked about going out with them after Dr. Phil's nationally syndicated television show, which aired recently. One woman said it defeated the purpose when looking for a rich man to go to a club with a man. The other asked if Freeney wanted to be a bodyguard.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "The position he plays requires that he is able to do quite a few things, not only as a line-of-scrimmage blocker, but also releasing from the line of scrimmage and being an effective pass receiver in that position. We split him out so he is a detached receiver. We put him in the backfield, so that only is he responsible for protection but he's also running routes out of the backfield. He does a lot of different things for us and he has very diverse skills and ability. We try to showcase those as much as we possibly can. He's a great weapon for our offense." -- Colts coach Jim Caldwell on the importance of TE Dallas Clark.

Author:Fox Sports
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Added: March 20, 2009

Ryan Diem Name: Ryan Diem
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Experience: 8 years
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