by Terry McCormick
March 09, 02012
The Indianapolis Colts' housecleaning didn't end with Peyton Manning's release.
That was just the beginning. On Friday, the Colts announced the releases of tight end Dallas Clark, safety Melvin Bullitt, linebacker Gary Brackett, running back Joseph Addai and quarterback Curtis Painter.
“These players all made tremendous contributions to the organization and will forever be members of the Colts family,” Colts owner Jim Irsay said. “It’s always difficult to make these decisions which the nature of the salary cap requires. Their legacies with the Colts will be forever remembered by the organization, fans and Indianapolis community. We wish them all the best in their future endeavors.”
New GM Ryan Grigson, added, “These days are always difficult and emotional. The Colts organization will be bidding farewell to a terrific group of men who have made such an impact over their years of service on the field and in the community. I wish them nothing but the best as they take the next steps in their careers.”
In letting go of those players, the Colts are giving a true indication that they are in full rebuild mode and will surround Andrew Luck with plenty of young players, rather than try to retain veteran players.
There had already been talk of free agent receiver Reggie Wayne joining Manning as part of a package deal. It now is worth considering whether a team might want to look at Clark, one of the NFL's top receiving tight ends when healthy, as a link to Manning.
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Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com