Colts agreed to terms with RB Ahmad Bradshaw, formerly of the Giants, on a one-year, $1.1 million contract.
The deal includes a $250,000 signing bonus, and hefty per-game roster bonuses. Provided Bradshaw keeps his ever-troublesome feet in working order, it's a strong signing for the Colts, who had perhaps the league's least impressive stable of runners. One of Donald Brown and Delone Carter is now certain to be cut loose before final cuts, while Vick Ballard is off scholarship. A complete back when healthy, Bradshaw can contribute on third downs, execute near the goal-line and stone oncoming rushers in pass protection. He's not durable enough to be an every-down back, but could easily lead Indy's backfield corps in snaps.
The Colts are expected to use rookie RB Kerwynn Williams on kick returns.
The special teams value gives Williams -- the 230rd overall pick -- an inside track on a roster spot. If the Colts sign Ahmad Bradshaw, either Donald Brown or Delone Carter will be let go. Williams was also a terrific receiver at Utah State and could be a third-down weapon in time if he learns to pass protect.
The Indianapolis Star expects either Donald Brown or Delone Carter to be released if the Colts sign free agent Ahmad Bradshaw.
Not necessarily right away, but before Week 1. Both players have been major disappointments in Indianapolis, but Brown more so as a former first-round pick. The owner of a career 4.1 yards per carry through 449 totes, Brown is going into the final year of his rookie contract.
The Colts have moved LaVon Brazill's locker so he sits next to Reggie Wayne.
Brazill had just 11 catches for 186 yards as a sixth-round rookie last year. He'll be the No. 4 wideout once again this season, but there's some Dynasty appeal here. Wayne will be 35 in November and Darrius Heyward-Bey is working on a one-year contract. The Colts want Brazill to progress into an eventual starter.
Reggie Wayne said he's "still trying to figure out" new OC Pep Hamilton's system.
Like most veteran NFL players from the University of Miami, Wayne has been a scant participant at OTAs. That means he's trying to get caught up on the new West Coast scheme Hamilton is implementing. It's not a real concern, but the loss of Bruce Arians and a second-half swoon last year is. Wayne will turn 35 years old in November.
T.Y. Hilton played on 61.2 percent of the Colts' offensive snaps in 2012.
Hilton was the clear-cut No. 3 wideout as a rookie, drawing just 90 targets compared to 124 for Donnie Avery. He also dropped 12 catchable balls. Still, Hilton posted a 50/861/7 line, showing unique long speed and jukes after the catch. With Reggie Wayne slowing down in the second half and only Darrius Heyward-Bey replacing the departed Avery, Hilton is a major breakout candidate.
New Colts OC Pep Hamilton wants his offense to be "able to run the football."
"You have to have balance in your offense," Hamilton said. "The teams I've been a part of where the quarterback has been effective and offensively we've had success consistently were the teams that were able to run the football." The Colts ran the ball just 39.7 percent of the time under Bruce Arians in 2012, but that will change this season. Coach Chuck Pagano recently confirmed that Vick Ballard is the "lead guy," but we don't like him as more than a low RB2.