Indianapolis Colts Notes, Quotes 2009-05-01

--While the Colts haven't officially announced its list of undrafted free agents, a partial list of players who have been signed to the team's offseason roster has begun to emerge.

Among those who have reportedly agreed to deals include Notre Dame defensive tackle Pat Kuntz, Louisville defensive tackle Adrian Grady, Kentucky punter Tim Masthay, Michigan defensive back Brandon Harrison and North Dakota State linebacker Ramon Humber.

Other players on the list figure to be Brown tight end Colin Cloherty, San Diego wide receiver John Matthews, Akron defensive back Brandon Anderson, Northwest Missouri State offensive lineman Tom Pestock, Holy Cross wide receiver Brett McDermott and Tennessee State offensive tackle Cornelius Lewis.

--Second-round draft pick DT Fili Moala on what he can add to the Colts' defensive front this season:

"Coming from SC (Southern Cal), I've had the privilege of having a lot of great coaches from Coach Ed Orsoron, Jethro Franklin, and coach Nicholas Holt. I've learned a lot of things from them, they taught me to just use my natural ability, be true to myself as a football player. What I provide is athletic ability, strength and point of attack. I know I have a motor and can run with the best of them. Those are qualities that have gotten me to this point in my career. I look forward to fine-tuning, sharpening my skills and being the best football player I can be and contributing to the Indianapolis Colts."

--QB Peyton Manning recently played golf with Tiger Woods at the Quail Hollow Championship pro-am in Charlotte.

"We don't get a chance to do it very often with our schedules, and seasons overlapping at the wrong times, so when we do get an opportunity like that, it's fun," Woods said. "It's trash-talking the entire day."

The Colts signal caller enjoyed his day with his golfing buddy.

"It's everything you'd think it would be," Manning said. "It's really special. Watching him hit the ball, listening to him hit the ball, he tells great golf stories.

"He has a great interest in football. He follows football, keeps up with the Colts, which is cool. He's a great host. He played great and we had a lot of fun."

--WR Anthony Gonzalez served as Manning's caddy for the event and had their pictures taken with Woods during a break in the round.

Manning said Gonzalez agreed to caddie because "he wanted more catches."

"I know what my day job is. I'll be back in Indianapolis lifting weights," Manning said. "We'll be brought back to earth real soon."

--Despite pressure from city and state officials, Colts owner Jim Irsay remains steadfast in his contention that the team will not renegotiate its stadium lease in order to help bail out the financially-troubled Indianapolis Capital Improvements Board.

One plan that has been kicked around asked that both the Colts and the NBA's Indiana Pacers each give an extra $5 million to defray some of the operating costs of Lucas Oil Stadium and Conseco Fieldhouse, home of the Pacers.

"I'm not going to renegotiate. That's the bottom line," Irsay said. "All we did was negotiate in good faith. We've done everything we can to have a great organization. We've lived up to our part. We've exceeded our part."

He also opposes a suggested ticket tax hike.

"Half the teams do not have a ticket tax in our league," Irsay said. "We already have a 6-percent ticket tax. It's already onerous in a small market."

QUOTE TO NOTE: "It was a great experience because I grew up in New Jersey. The Giants are right down the road. I was a big Tiki Barber fan (growing up). Having the opportunity to sit down with him a couple weeks ago was a great opportunity. I learned a lot. He's a great guy, and we just talked about the different things that will come across during a NFL career and the transition from college to pros and how to take care of your body. Also, the different types of training that he did, and the NFL lifestyle. I took a lot out of it. That was something I wanted to do and my agent made it possible." -- Colts first-round draft pick Donald Brown on meeting with former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber a few weeks before the NFL draft.

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Added: May 1, 2009