The changing of the guard is clearing occurring in Indianapolis.
Two days after the release of Peyton Manning, 4 fan favorites were relased by the Indianpolis Colts. Today the Colts said goodbye to tight end Dallas Clark, running back Joseph Addai, linebacker Gary Brackett, and safety Melvin Bullitt.
“All these players, we’d love to have them here,” new general manager Ryan Grigson said during a hastily arranged conference call with reporters. “It’s not easy. It’s agonizing. They’re (salary) cap casualties. It’s hard, but with the money involved you can’t do certain things.”
This is the continuation of the purging that began following the worst Colts season in two decades.
First, Bill and Chris Polian were fired from the front office. Soon after, head coach Jim Caldwell and staff lost their jobs. Now these cuts occur as the Colts’ fans are getting used to life without Peyton.
The 32-year-old Clark, one of Manning’s favorite targets, had been with the team since 2003, when he was drafted in the first round out of Iowa. Clark holds single-season franchise records in receptions (100 in 2009), yards (1,106 in 2009) and touchdowns (11 in 2007). He became the second tight end in NFL history to total 100-plus receptions and was the first at his position in franchise history to earn 1,000-plus receiving yards in a single season.
Addai, 28, was in his sixth season with the Colts after being selected in the first round out of LSU in 2006. He had back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons in 2006 and ’07.
Brackett and Bullitt, like Manning, were team captains.
Grigson said it was the only way the Colts could make a fresh start.