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News » Indianapolis Colts Notes, Quotes 2009-03-30


Indianapolis Colts Notes, Quotes 2009-03-30


Indianapolis Colts Notes, Quotes 2009-03-30
--The Colts have added a veteran NFL performer to their linebacker corps, signing free agent Adam Seward to a one-year contract. Financial terms were not available. Seward, 26, was a fifth-round draft pick of the Carolina Panthers in 2005. He appeared in 40 games, two as a starter, the past four seasons.


The 6-2, 250-pounder collected 45 career tackles while also seeing extensive playing time on special teams.

"Adam's looking forward to the opportunity," Mike Hoffman, his agent, said. "He's a good match for the Colts."

Colts coach Jim Caldwell told the Charlotte Observer that he believes Seward gives the Colts "a strong, athletic, very-capable backup behind starting middle linebacker Gary Brackett."

--Indianapolis waived RB Clifton Dawson. Dawson finished the season on the injured reserve list after receiving a concussion in early November.

Dawson appeared in 13 games with the Colts and Bengals in 2007 as an undrafted rookie out of Harvard. He carried the ball 30 times for 64 yards with one touchdown in 2007. He appeared in just two games in 2008 before being placed on injured reserve.

--The Colts were awarded one compensatory pick in the April draft, a fourth-rounder. The pick is the 36th of the round and the 136th overall, and gives the team eight overall selections.

The league issues compensatory picks using a formula that takes into account significant veteran free agents lost and signed the previous year, including the players' salary, playing time and postseason honors. Under the formula, the Colts signed no significant free agents while losing starting guard Jake Scott, who signed a four-year, $20 million contract with the Tennessee Titans.

--Unlike the past several years, the Indianapolis Colts won't be playing in any of the NFL's featured games on the opening weekend of the season. That means no Thursday night, Sunday night or Monday night games.

The Colts played at the New England Patriots on Thursday on Kickoff Weekend in 2004, then visited the Baltimore Ravens in a Sunday Night game on Kickoff Weekend 2005. The following year they opened in a Sunday Night game against the New York Giants in the so-called Manning Bowl.

In 2007, they opened the season in the RCA Dome on a Thursday night against the New Orleans Saints. They hosted that game because they won the Super Bowl the previous season.

This past season, they played host to the Chicago Bears in the regular-season opener. That was the first regular-season game at state-of-the-art Lucas Oil Stadium.

--Team president Bill Polian recalls when the Colts took QB Peyton Manning with the NFL's No. 1 pick back in 1998.

"Peyton Manning wasn't a sure thing," Polian told the Detroit Free-Press recently. "Peyton Manning wasn't the most popular pick at the time. That's the point. You've got to make the decision that's best for you. Don't worry about anything else."

QUOTE TO NOTE: "You don't replace a Hall of Famer. There's no one that has had the kind of production that Marvin has had. He certainly has been one of the all-time greats, so that's going to be different. But the players we do have certainly will continue to improve." -- Colts coach Jim Caldwell on replacing former Indianapolis WR Marvin Harrison.



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Added: March 30, 2009

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