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Indianapolis Colts Strategy and Personnel 2009-04-21

Indianapolis Colts Strategy and Personnel 2009-04-21
The Colts have been known to be major players when it comes to tracking down and then signing undrafted college free agents. And the franchise has had good success with those players over the years.

RB Dominic Rhodes, LB Gary Brackett, OG/OT Daniel Federkeil, WR Terrence Wilkins, DE Josh Thomas and DT Ed Johnson all became major contributors early in the NFL careers. Expect more of the same this April.

"We just believe in seven-round drafts there are players who are capable of playing in the NFL who go undrafted for one reason or another," team president Bill Polian said. "If you feel you have that kind of player, you ought to pursue it."

MEDICAL WATCH: CB Marlin Jackson is making good progress from knee surgery that was performed last season. Jackson missed most of the 2008 season after he tore two ligaments in his right knee during a midweek practice session on Oct. 29. He has been spending time in Arizona over the past several weeks rehabbing the knee, which underwent two surgical procedures. While he fully expects to be ready for the start of the regular season in September, Jackson has been putting in a lot of time trying to get back into football shape.

"I'm pretty far ahead of schedule," he said recently. "Originally, the things (doctors) were telling me were devastating to hear. Now, I know I'll be ready for training camp. No doubt."

Nationally recognized orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews performed the dual operations on his knee. Andrews addressed Jackson's torn anterior cruciate ligament by using a graft from Jackson's right patellar tendon.

"It's simple to know to go to him because he's the best in the business," Jackson said. "You don't want to take a chance. You've got to get it fixed right."

The former first-round draft pick in 2005 has regained strength in his right knee and is able to run straight ahead at full speed. He is able to accelerate, decelerate, hop and pull a sled. He's attacking drills that focus on lateral movement, but only in controlled situations.

"I had to start working a lot harder and a lot earlier," Jackson said. "It's been real in-depth and the intensity has been very high, but I had to really get after it right from the get-go."




--S Matt Giordano will test the open market. May re-sign with the Colts later.

--CB Keiwan Ratliff may be back at a later date. He will test the free-agent market first, though.

--RB Dominic Rhodes would like to remain with the Colts, but will take the opportunity to see what kind of money may be available.

--P Hunter Smith was not offered a contract and at this point will probably not return to the Colts.

--DE Josh Thomas could also return later in the offseason if the right kind of deal can be worked out.


--LB Freddy Keiaho (not tendered as RFA) has become a quality starter for the Colts on the weak side. Is valuable since he can play all three linebacking roles if needed. Could be re-signed at less than the RFA tender.




--RB Lance Ball: ERFA; terms unknown.

--G/T Daniel Federkeil: ERFA; terms unknown.

--LB Tyjuan Hagler: UFA; terms unknown.

--CB Kelvin Hayden: Potential UFA; $43M/5 yrs, $22M guaranteed.

--DT Daniel Muir: ERFA; terms unknown.

--C Jeff Saturday: Potential UFA; $13.3M/3 yrs, $7.45M SB; 2009 cap: $3.98M.


--P Mike Dragosavich (waivers Browns).

--LB Adam Seward: UFA Panthers; 1 yr, terms unknown.


--LB Buster Davis (released; had been re-signed as ERFA).

--RB Clifton Dawson (released).

--WR Marvin Harrison (released).

--DT Darrell Reid: UFA Broncos; $6.8M/3 yrs, SB unknown.

Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: April 21, 2009

Onrea Jones Name: Onrea Jones
Position: WR
Age: 24
Experience: 1 years
College: Hampton
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