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Logic Behind Roster Moves

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Is there logic behind what the Colts are doing. The answer to that question is yes. As you all know recently many Colts fans got very upset when they heard who got cut yesterday, including me. Jim Irsay and Ryan Grigson do in fact know what they are doing. Let's take a look at controversial cuts made yesterday:

Dallas Clark:

This cut was the most upsetting cut for me. Clark is a great man and a great football player. So why did the Colts cut him? Is there a replacement?

For the last two years Clark had some big injury problems. When Clark went down in '10 a younger, lesser known Colt stepped up to the plate. That Colt is Jacob Tamme, now I bet everyone of you reading this knows his name. He struggled for his first two games and then all the sudden out of nowhere he started to perform better than Clark did before he got hurt. Tamme continued to perform this past season as well when he was needed. He is now 26 years old and in his 4th season in the NFL; he is showing that he might be just as reliable as Clark was for all those years. So give him a chance, I see a bright future for JacobTamme.

Joseph Addai:

Why did the Colts cut him? Can any of the other backs come and take his place?

For the past few years Addai has been #1 on the depth chart for HBs. Some people might already have remembered all of the injury problems Addai has had which have kept him out of many Colts games. Some games he struggled, others he performed well. But the biggest contribution that will be missed is his blocking abilties. He was able to pick up that LB that came rushing in at Peyton, giving him time to throw the ball. With that said take a look at the roster; we have two young backs already on the roster and we could pick another one up this April. That answers the 2nd question but why did the Colts cut him? Well I know I'm not a part of the Colts organization but there is still a very simple answer. Money, Risk, and Style. Money - The colts have very little cap space. They need cap to build the team for the future; the only fix is cutting older guys. Risk - He has had so many injury problems that the big contract becomes a problem. Style - This is just a thought to keep in mind. Maybe the Colts are looking to get a power back and build a running game. Maybe a blocking back is no longer a priority.

Gary Brackett:

I know Brackett missed the '11 season but is that the only answer to why he was released?

Most likely yes, that was the reason to his release but there could be some other prominent reasons as well. Pat Angerer is one heck of a football player who filled his spot and did a fantastic job doing so. The ROLB and LOLB are up for grabs though. Could they have kept Brackett at MLB and moved Angerer to one of the OLB spots, yes, but is there a FA or Rookie they are going after to fill those spots, I don't know. It is definently a possibility. So for all of you who think this is "downgrading" the defense just think about this and the main reason for this cut. Cap Room.

Melvin Bullitt:

The Colts secondary struggled last year without Bullitt, who is supposed to be his replacement?

If you were thinking that you are absolutely correct. This is the only cut that doesn't make sense to me. The Colts don't have a replacement for Bullitt. So why was he cut? Let's look back at the '11 season, oh wait Bullitt hardly played because of injury. Now don't get me wrong I do not like this cut at all. But there still has to be a reason behind this cut. Look at the cuts above what was the main reason for the guys being let go? The answer is age and money. Bullitt is very young so age is not a factor. Money on the other hand could be a possible reason. I don't know what Bullitt's contract was but it must have been a large one. And don't forget the draft that is coming up in a little more than a month. We have a new GM, he might see someone he likes that they will grab. Could I be wrong, could this be a bad decision on the Colts part? Of course but I am trusting Grigson and I do believe there is a good reason behind this.

Of course I do not need to go into detail why Curtis Painter was cut. He was given 11 chances to win a game and was unable to do so. Looking back at these cuts and back at the Manning cut there is a big pattern that shows the #1 reason for these upsetting cuts. Money. I know this is probably the third time I have said this but cap room for the Colts is hardly even there. Who knows how many cap penalties the Colts have racked up over the years but this year it is apparent that it was a good amount. And aside from that these cuts are going to rack up some cap penalties next year as well so lets hope the Colts can do most of there re-building this year. So please don't go out insulting Irsay or Grigson for these cuts that feel devestating to us fans but leave here understanding that they have no choice but to make roster moves to sign some younger promising guys who could lead us to 10+ years of success in this new era of Colts football.

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Well done very logical to many COLT fans are thinking with there HEART instead of there HEADS. I will miss some of these players ( not PAINTER ) but in time we will be better off GO COLTS

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Well written and stated and agree with almost all of it. The only addition I would add would be in regards to Bullit. I love the guy and think he is a fabulous athelete and player, when he is on the field. Unfortunately he seems to be following the road of Bob Sanders, who I think is one of the best at the position, but how long did we keep holding on to Sanders and praying he would be healthy and throw more and more money at him? He left and went to San Diego, play 2 games and out the season again from injury. I will surely miss the top four players here as atheletes and as people, they were all class acts. Painter was and inevitable cut and go .

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Fantastic post. Wish other fans would think with this logic instead of bashing our team and organization. Some of these statements "fans" are making are totally disrespectful to the rest of the Colts players. We'll just hold on tight and get ready for our rise back to greatness, even if that does mean we may have to wait a few years. I for one am excited and anxious as to what the future holds for our team!

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This is just an Irsay money grab, you folks need to run out a get your season tickets. Enjoy the games, lolololol

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This is just an Irsay money grab, you folks need to run out a get your season tickets. Enjoy the games, lolololol

You must not understand the NFL... Unlike baseball, the NFL has a hard salary cap. We can only spend so much money on players each year. Salaries count towards each year of a contract, and the bonuses are spread out between the years as well. Every dollar that goes to players is accounted for. There is also a floor to the salary cap. You must spend a certain amount of money each year towards the cap. Even if Irsay wanted to get rid of everyone for a "money grab" he couldn't. Now saying that, I would bet we'll be pretty close to the cap this year, as we are every year. Even when we make cuts like this, parts of their contract still count towards our cap number (the pro-rated remainder of the bonus counts the next league year, which might be this coming year since those guys were cut before the new league year started).

This is a process... We are getting rid of older players in order to infuse the team with young talent to build around a new QB. For the last 10 years we've been trying to surround Peyton with players to win a super bowl. By the time Luck is ready to win his first super bowl, our previous core of players will be retired or on the downside of their careers. We need new talent, and without cap space, we can't try and achieve that goal.

For any real fan, this is a process we've seen before. This strongly mirrors the colts the year peyton manning was drafted. I was excited to be a colts fan then just as I still am now. GO COLTS!

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I think you missed the mark on Bracket. First of all lets consider where we were and where we are going. Coach Pagano is sure to flip from a 4-3 defense to a 3-4 defense. Which (side note) is the reason why they may be willing to part ways with Freeney. Bracket is a horrible run stopper and I am sure we are moving to a tough defense. He's undersized for the defense Pagano is gonig to implement.

Dallas Clark I understand. He is getting older and we want someone that is going to be around for either Luck or Griffin for a while. To develop that "special" role.

Addai is probably the smartest move of all of them. I would have cut him a couple years ago. His running ability is inconsistent. I understand he does bring a nice block package, however there are plenty of backs that do that and actually are successful at running the ball.

Paint, no brainer. He showed glimmers of promise, but ultimately he's a clipboard QB.

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"This is a process... We are getting rid of older players in order to infuse the team with young talent to build around a new QB. For the last 10 years we've been trying to surround Peyton with players to win a super bowl. By the time Luck is ready to win his first super bowl, our previous core of players will be retired or on the downside of their careers. We need new talent, and without cap space, we can't try and achieve that goal."

This is a total overhaul & Colt rebuilding project plain & simple. Should take no more than 3-4 years tops to get on the competitive side of the coin again.

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I agree lets all be positive and let our new coach and staff do their jobs. They obviously see these players alot more than us and know their weaknessesand strengths. Go Blue keep positive all and to all you bandwagon team jumpers you wont be missed you were never colts fans.Lets just say Godbless to all the team members we lost,wish them good luck with their new teams and let them know they will be missed.Now as far as our new team members Godbless Go Blue welcome aboard and win win win . All this negative i read about why why why we our rebuilding hint building a def that we have been without for sometime.Lets get behind every new team member and let them know we expect them to do great things in Indy.And look forward to see them play Go Blue

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