Dec 29, 2019; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo (95) celebrates his fumble recovery during the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bears at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Colts signing veteran DE Ifeadi Odenigbo

The Indianapolis Colts are signing free agent defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo, NFL Network reported Monday.

The 28-year-old veteran has 10 1/2 sacks and 31 quarterback hits in 41 games (15 starts) with three teams.

Odenigbo appeared in nine games with the Cleveland Browns last season and made 13 tackles.

He has 72 tackles and three fumble recoveries in 41 games (15 starts) with the Arizona Cardinals (2018), Minnesota Vikings (2019-20) and Browns.

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17. Eagles (21): Though QB2 Gardner Minshew dressed and performed like Maverick Mitchell from "Top Gun" on Sunday, Philadelphia coach Nick Sirianni was quick to signal Monday that QB1 Jalen Hurts has not been resigned to Goose's fate.

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Report: Colts interested in QB Gardner Minshew

Gardner Minshew is one name to keep an eye on as the Indianapolis Colts seek a replacement for quarterback Carson Wentz, CBS Sports reported Sunday.

Minshew is one possibility if the Colts are unable to land Kirk Cousins “or another proven starter,” per the report.

That would mean making another QB trade with the Philadelphia Eagles, where Minshew spent 2021 as the backup to Jalen Hurts. Minshew, 25, has one year left on the four-year rookie deal he signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2019 and is set to earn $2.54 million in 2022.

In March 2021, the Colts traded a 2022 first-round pick and a 2021 third-rounder to the Eagles to acquire Wentz. Indianapolis dealt Wentz to the Washington Commanders last week after just one season.

Minshew is 8-14 as an NFL starter. In 27 games (22 starts) with the Jaguars (2019-20) and Eagles, he has completed 63.2 percent of his passes for 5,969 yards with 41 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

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Indianapolis Colts offensive tackle Eric Fisher (79) looks to the scoreboard during the fourth quarter of the game on Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022, at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Fla. The Colts lost to the Jaguars, 11-26.

The Indianapolis Colts Versus Jacksonville Jaguars On Sunday Jan 9 2022 Tiaa Bank Field In Jacksonville Fla

Report: Colts unable to strike deal with LT Eric Fisher

Pro Bowl left tackle Eric Fisher will hit free agency next week after failing to strike a new deal with the Indianapolis Colts, ESPN reported Wednesday.

Fisher, 31, started 15 games during his first season with the Colts in 2021 after playing his first eight NFL campaigns with the Kansas City Chiefs.

He played last season on a one-year, $8.38 million deal, per Spotrac.

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Fisher made two Pro Bowls (2018, 2020) and won Super Bowl LIV with Kansas City. He has started 128 of his 132 career games.

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Jan 9, 2022; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz (2) during the first half against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Colts to trade or release QB Carson Wentz

The Indianapolis Colts plan to trade or release quarterback Carson Wentz by March 18, ESPN reported Sunday.

If he is still on the roster on that date, he is due his full $22 million base salary and a $6.29 million roster bonus.

If the Colts release Wentz before that date, they would owe him $15 million, according to the report.

Wentz, 29, went 9-8 in his first season as the starter in Indianapolis. He completed 62.4 percent of his passes for 3,563 yards with 27 touchdowns and seven interceptions but finished poorly.

He averaged just 166.5 passing yards in losses to the Las Vegas Raiders and lowly Jacksonville Jaguars in Weeks 17 and 18, knocking the Colts out of the AFC playoff picture.

The Colts traded a first-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft and a 2021 third-round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles to acquire Wentz last March.

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Jan 9, 2022; Jacksonville, Florida, USA;  Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) drops back to pass in the second quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Jaguars finish in style as Colts miss out on playoffs

Trevor Lawrence capped a rocky rookie season with 223 yards passing and two touchdowns Sunday as the Jacksonville Jaguars earned a 26-11 upset victory over the visiting Indianapolis Colts, who were eliminated from playoff contention.

The Colts still were alive for playoff consideration after the defeat but those hopes ended when the Pittsburgh Steelers earned a 16-13 overtime victory over the Baltimore Ravens.

Lawrence completed 23 of 32 passes, including a 3-yard strike to a leaping Marvin Jones in the back right corner of the end zone with 3:08 left in the third quarter. Lawrence jumped to rescue a high snap and then avoided blitzing safety Khari Willis to make the game-breaking play.

Jones caught seven passes for 88 yards as Jacksonville (3-14) snapped an eight-game losing streak and gave interim coach Darrell Bevill his first win after replacing Urban Meyer last month.

The Colts’ Carson Wentz hit 17 of 29 passes for 185 yards, including a 12-yard touchdown pass to Michael Pittman with 4:26 left in the game. But that was much too little, much too late for Indianapolis, who would have advanced to the playoffs with a win or a tie.

NFL rushing leader Jonathan Taylor had 77 yards on 15 attempts but was stuffed for no gain on fourth-and-goal at the 1 early in the fourth quarter with the Colts trailing 23-3. He finished the regular season with 1,811 yards rushing.

Jacksonville put its stamp on the game immediately, driving 75 yards in 12 plays with its first possession of the game. Lawrence drilled a 2-yard touchdown pass to Laquon Treadwell at the 7:48 mark of the first quarter.

The Jaguars didn’t let Taylor get going in first half, limiting him to 18 yards. They also mounted a consistent pass rush that kept Wentz from finding a rhythm in the passing game. Indianapolis’ only points until late came on Michael Badgley’s 41-yard field goal with 9:08 left in the half.

Jacksonville made it 13-3 before halftime on 22- and 20-yard field goals from Matthew Wright, both after 11-play, 71-yard drives. The latter came one play after Laviska Shenault dropped a potential touchdown pass with two seconds left.

Lawrence finished the first half 19 of 25 for 208 yards.

–Field Level Media

Nov 28, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz (2) celebrates his touchdown pass by doing the TY Hilton celebration in the first half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Colts QB Carson Wentz cleared to start Sunday

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz will start Sunday against the Las Vegas Raiders after successfully clearing the COVID-19 testing protocol.

The team activated the unvaccinated signal-caller from the reserve/COVID-19 list on Saturday.

On Sunday morning, coach Frank Reich confirmed that Wentz had been cleared by medical professionals to lead the Colts (9-6) against the visiting Raiders (8-7).

Wentz, who turned 29 on Thursday, has thrown for 3,230 yards with 25 touchdowns and six interceptions in 15 games this season.

Under previous protocol, Wentz would have been forced to sit out 10 days from the date of his positive test last week. On Tuesday, the NFL and NFLPA released new guidelines that following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendation for shorter isolation periods (five days).

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Indianapolis Colts guard Quenton Nelson (56) kneels in prayer pregame Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021, before a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Colts place G Quenton Nelson on COVID list

The Indianapolis Colts placed All-Pro left guard Quenton Nelson on the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday.

Nelson, 25, has started 11 games this season and was named to the Pro Bowl this week, his fourth selection in as many seasons.

He missed three games this year with an ankle injury and has started 59 of the Colts’ 62 games since they picked him sixth overall in the 2018 NFL Draft.

The Colts (8-6) were already missing two starting offensive linemen for Saturday night’s game against the Arizona Cardinals (10-4) in Glendale, Ariz.

Right guard Mark Glowinski entered the health and safety protocols on Thursday. Pro Bowl center Ryan Kelly is not with the team while mourning the recent loss of his baby daughter.

–Field Level Media